Managing Hospital Waste Disposal
Hospital waste is one of the most hazardous wastes that need to be disposed properly because it consists of different kinds of chemicals and/or viruses. If not properly disposed, it may cause harmful effects to our health and even to our environment.
Hospital waste disposal must be done accordingly based on the rules of the local and national health organizations. There are certain rules that need to be followed to be able to make it right. Seminars and trainings are being conducted by the government in order to provide knowledge on how it is being done. However, there are simple but useful steps that the hospital management can do. One of this is categorizing the hospital waste based on its weight, constitutes, and density.
According to World Health Organization, hospital waste disposal must be classified into its categories, such as infectious, sharps, pathological, pharmaceuticals, radioactive, and others. The infectious waste includes material-containing pathogens that came from surgery and autopsies. Sharp hospital wastes are those that have been use in operations, which includes needles, saws, syringes, and blades. Pathological wastes are the tissues, body parts, organs, and the human flesh. Radioactive are waste that includes the solid, liquid or gas waste that is contaminated with the radioactive substance. The pharmaceutical perhaps is the most dangerous waste because it includes chemicals and drugs. Once it accidently spilled it might cause serious effect on our health. All these must undergo the appropriate hospital waste disposal.
The significance of hospital waste disposal must be taken in consideration since it might cause danger to our surrounding specially to our health. If proper hospital waste disposal are not being practice in hospitals more and more people will acquire different kind of harmful disease, such as AIDS, cancer, typhoid, Hepatitis, boils, and many more.