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Assessing generated quantities of infectious medical wastes: a case study for a health region administration in Central Macedonia, Greece.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19944583     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the present study, the quantities of infectious medical wastes, generated from 12 public hospitals supervised by the 2nd Health Region Administration of Central Macedonia, Northern Greece, were calculated at a very disaggregated level for the first time and were compared to other reported characterization studies. Data was recorded by using an appropriately designed questionnaire, which was completed for each day of one week, in every department, clinic, unit or laboratory of each one of the 12 aforementioned hospitals. Afterwards, average generation indexes were determined in relation to certain important organizational and functional factors, such as the number of beds, bed coverage, the different hospital sections and wards, and the type of hospital. The way that sources of infectious wastes, generated from hospitals, vary by ward and department, was also illustrated and the most important sources were identified. Generated infectious hospital wastes vary from 0.26 to 0.89 kg/bed/day or 0.51 to 1.22 kg/patient/day, excluding the three specialised hospitals of the Health Region. The total amount of medical waste generated from the 2nd Health Region (only public hospitals) was estimated to be 691 tonnes/yr or 0.73 kg/cap/yr.
G Sanida; A Karagiannidis; F Mavidou; D Vartzopoulos; N Moussiopoulos; S Chatzopoulos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-11-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Waste management (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1879-2456     ISO Abbreviation:  Waste Manag     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-03     Completed Date:  2010-07-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9884362     Medline TA:  Waste Manag     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  532-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2008. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
2nd Health Region Administration of Central Macedonia, 16 Aristotelous Str., GR 54623, Thessaloniki, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Conservation of Natural Resources / methods
Environmental Monitoring / methods
Hazardous Waste / statistics & numerical data*
Hospital Administration
Hospitals / statistics & numerical data
Medical Waste / statistics & numerical data*
Medical Waste Disposal / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Refuse Disposal / methods
Time Factors
Waste Disposal, Fluid / methods*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hazardous Waste; 0/Medical Waste; 0/Medical Waste Disposal

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