Title[Assessment of medical waste management in a Palestinian hospital]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAl-Khatib, A, Khatib, R
JournalEast Mediterr Health J
Date PublishedMay-Jul
ISBN Number1020-3397 (Print)<br/>1020-3397 (Linking)
Accession Number17037705
KeywordsBenchmarking, Guidelines as Topic, Health Policy, Health Services Research, Hospitals, Municipal/*organization & administration, Humans, Inservice Training/organization & administration, Local Government, Medical Waste Disposal/*methods/*standards/statistics & numerical data, Middle East, Needs Assessment, Personnel, Hospital/education, Program Evaluation

We studied medical waste management in a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank and the role of municipality in this management. In general, "good management practices" were inadequate; there was insufficient separation between hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, an absence of necessary rules and regulations for the collection of wastes from the hospital wards and the on-site transport to a temporary storage location inside and outside the hospital and inadequate waste treatment and disposal of hospital wastes along with municipal garbage. Moreover, training of personnel was lacking and protective equipment and measures for staff were not available. No special landfills for hazardous wastes were found within the municipality.