TitleEvaluation of dental waste management in two cities in Palestine
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDarwish, RO, Al-Khatib, A
JournalEast Mediterr Health J
Volume12 Suppl 2
ISBN Number1020-3397 (Print)<br/>1020-3397 (Linking)
Accession Number17361693
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/prevention & control, Humans, Medical Waste Disposal/*methods/standards, Middle East, Occupational Health/statistics & numerical data, Private Practice, Questionnaires, Urban Health Services, Vaccination/statistics & numerical data

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.