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DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF A PROTOCOL TO ASSESS HEALTHCARE WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Leonardo de Lima Moura - Department of Civil Engineering, COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
  • Claudio Fernando Mahler - Department of Civil Engineering, COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
  • Heitor Mansur Caulliraux - Production Engineering Program, COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , Brazil

DOI 10.31025/2611-4135/2018.13739

Released under CC BY-NC-ND

Copyright: © 2018 CISA Publishet

Editorial History

  • Received: 12 Jan 2018
  • Revised: 19 Jul 2018
  • Accepted: 26 Sep 2018
  • Available online: 23 Nov 2018

Abstract

Healthcare waste management (HCWM) is a current problem in many developing countries. One of the primary steps to implement a proper HCWM process is to know the amount of healthcare waste (HCW) generated, its composition and the logistics flow. However, due to a lack of systematic protocols to facilitate the assessment of HCWM, this information cannot be obtained easily. Therefore, this study, based on a comprehensive literature review, aimed to develop a new tool for assessment of HCWM. This protocol also involves qualitative (questionnaires and observation) and quantitative (quantification and gravimetric characterization) data. Application of the protocol in a maternity hospital showed that it allows complete assessment of HCWM, especially the identification of the most significant sectors and the contribution of each one to the total HCW. We concluded that the protocol can be important for healthcare professionals and researchers to obtain information to improve HCWM.


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