As reported by News-Medical in their article “The Sustainable Management of Healthcare Waste,” the increasing sophistication of healthcare, coupled with a growing population and expanding healthcare facilities, has posed a significant challenge: the management of healthcare waste (HCW).
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies biomedical waste (BMW) as the second most hazardous waste globally, necessitating stringent disposal policies. Hospitals and waste treatment units must work together to prevent contamination and pollution in the hospital environment. Shockingly, while China contributed about 700 million kg of HCW in 2005, the USA, with its advanced healthcare systems, produced over 3 billion kg.
HCW encompasses various categories, including infectious, pathological, pharmaceutical, chemical waste, and sharp objects. Effective segregation is crucial to managing each of these categories properly.
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