The Development of a model program for the effective management of biomedical waste in the Caribbean. A Review of barriers within public hospitals in the Caribbean.

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dc.contributor.advisor Schneider, Jennifer en_US
dc.contributor.author Spence, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-24T13:18:53Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-24T13:18:53Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/12503
dc.description.abstract When biomedical waste is improperly managed it poses a health hazard and risk to healthcare workers, sanitation workers and the general public in contracting infectious/dangerous diseases. Biomedical waste is also generated from individuals in their homes from the use of syringes or diagnostic lancets that are not properly managed. Biomedical waste is considered special waste and has a health and environmental hazard that can result in infections and diseases such as HIV/AIDs. Discarded sharps pose a health risk to the public particularly solid waste workers who may suffer a needle stick injury if they are not properly packaged for disposal. Needle stick injuries can require very expensive testing and treatment and can increase the risk of exposure to infectious blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV from contaminated needles. Within the Caribbean region there are many factors influencing the effective management of biomedical waste. This paper will provide a review of these factors and their impacts (risks) base on the current management practices and systems for biomedical waste in three Caribbean islands. These major influencing factors include, government environment health and safety regulations for the healthcare industry, risks associated with biomedical waste management in public hospitals, public healthcare services vs private hospitals services, training of healthcare staff, public hospitals operating standards and guidelines and biomedical waste disposal. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Biomedical waste management within the caribbean en_US
dc.subject.lcc TD1045.C27 S74 2010
dc.subject.lcsh Medical wastes--Caribbean Area--Management
dc.subject.lcsh Hazardous wastes--Caribbean Area--Management
dc.subject.lcsh Hospitals--Caribbean Area
dc.title The Development of a model program for the effective management of biomedical waste in the Caribbean. A Review of barriers within public hospitals in the Caribbean. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Applied Science and Technology en_US
dc.description.department Department of Civil Engineering Technology Environment Health and Safety en_US

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