Journal Article

Evaluation of dental waste management in two cities in Palestine

2006
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Abstract

Disposal of dental waste was investigated at 37 randomly selected clinics in Ramallah and AI-Bireh cities: 31 private practices and 6 public/NGO clinics. Dentists were interviewed regarding their disposal of different forms of dental waste. Disinfectants and X-ray processing solution were thrown down the drain. For sharps, 13.5% of dentists used puncture-resistant containers (only in the public/ NGO clinics), 45.9% discarded needles directly in the garbage after being recapped and 40.5% placed the used needles and blades in closed plastic bottles before throwing in the general garbage. Blood-soaked dressings and amalgam waste were also thrown in the garbage. While 10.75% of dentists were vaccinated against hepatitis B, 47% of the staff at private clinics were not.

Year
2006
Language
English
Volume
12 Suppl 2
Pages
S217-22
Accession Number
17361693
ISBN Number
1020-3397 (Print)1020-3397 (Linking)
Journal Name
East Mediterr Health J
Keywords
Attitude of Health Personnel
Health Knowledge
Attitudes
Practice
Ambulatory Care Facilities
data
Dental Staff
statistics & numerical data
Dental Waste
adverse effects
prevention & control
statistics & numerical
Dentists
psychology
Disinfection
Methods
Health Services Needs and Demand
Hepatitis B
Humans
Medical Waste Disposal
Standards
Middle East
Occupational Health
Private Practice
Questionnaires
Urban Health Services
Vaccination