Clinical Waste Management System in National Hospital of Sri Lanka: A Critical Analysis

The infectious, hazardous, and non-hazardous waste produced at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) includes infectious, hazardous, and non-hazardous waste. The NHSL’s waste management role has been contracted out to a private company. Waste management requires special care, because if the operation is not carried out in a safe manner, it will pose a significant risk to patients, employees, the general public, and the community. The waste separation at the chosen units was satisfactory. A sharp bin was included in every device (100%) to distinguish needles and other sharp materials. In the waste bins, they used a colour code. Occupational safety precautions taken during waste management were insufficient. No protective gloves, masks, or boots were found on any of them. Despite the fact that the wards practise waste segregation by colour code, the transportation of waste from the wards to the disposal area was unsafe and did not meet the requirements. This was mostly due to the staff’s, managers’, and cleaning service employees’ carelessness. Waste handlers’ knowledge of safe waste handling and transportation was insufficient, so they were in need of training in healthcare waste management.

Author (s) Details

Ayanthi Saranga Jayawardena
National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara, Sri Lanka.

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