Summary of Study Session 23
In Study Session 23, you have learned that:
- Healthcare waste is any waste produced in a healthcare facilty and is also known as medical waste, hospital waste or infectious waste. It includes hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
- Health hazards from pathogens are the major concern in waste from Health Posts.
- Waste minimisation is the first and most important step in healthcare waste management.
- Healthcare waste must be segregated into different categories and colour-coded containers used for storage.
- Safety boxes are important devices for safe collection of sharps. A sharps pit is also required for final disposal.
- Personnel involved in handling and storage of healthcare waste should be trained in correct procedures and provided with the necessary PPE to protect their health.
- Autoclaving, incineration, placenta/burial pit and HLD using chemicals are the most commonly used final disposal methods.
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Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs) for Study Session 23