Hygiene and Environmental Health Module: 23.  Healthcare Waste Management

Session 23  Healthcare Waste Management


Improper handling and disposal of healthcare wastes (also sometimes called medical waste) puts the health worker, the patient and the community at large at risk through transmission of pathogens via blood or body fluids, contaminated medical equipment, or sharp instruments. In this study session, you will learn to identify the types and sources of healthcare waste. The session also describes the components of waste management and the disposal methods for these wastes. Recognising the health risks involved in poor healthcare waste management and practising proper medical waste disposal will help protect everyone from the hazards of healthcare waste.

Learning Outcomes for Study Session 23