ADHERENCE TO BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT AND HANDLING RULES AT PUBLIC HEATH INSTITUTIONS OF A DISTRICT OF HILLY STATE OF NORTH INDIA
Dr. Vikas Thakur*, Dr. Jayant Kumar, Dr. Abhishek Sharma and Dr. Preeti Thakur
Objectives: To evaluate adherence to BMW management and handling rules at public health institutions regarding generation, hazard, legislation along with orientation about latest updates. Methods: Cross-sectional study, participants are given pretest before orientation workshop & reevaluated after posttest after orientation workshop. Results: In our study regarding knowledge of participants regarding BMW management and handling rules we found that 75% of the participants knew about latest amendments, 70% of participants knew about exact duration beyond which BMW cannot be stored in health care facility, 80% of the participants could tell correctly regarding segregation of metallic implant and 87% were correct regarding segregation of discarded medicine. Regarding aptitude of participants regarding BMW, we found that 83% had good rapport with HPSPCB and 93% had obtained authorization from it. Regarding practices followed by Participants regarding BMW where it was found that 90% of them were following correct sterilization practices, 87% had adherence to PEP. Two open ended questions regarding steps of donning and doffing of PPE were correctly explained by 93% of participants. In posttest after orientation workshop score of all participants was more than 90 to 100%. Conclusions: Adherence to biomedical waste management and handling. This Evaluation Study will help strengthen the existing knowledge and will help create awareness among participants after orientation workshop. The purpose of this workshop is also to improve and implement latest BMW management and handling rules at all health institutions.
Keywords: BMW, hazard, legislation, PEP, PEP, HPSPCB.
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