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Hatami N, Askarian M, Mohammadi M. Results of medical waste management quality improvement technique In Shaheed Faghihi hospital in shiraz (Iran-2005). jha. 2007; 9 (26) :51-56
URL: http://jha.iums.ac.ir/article-1-40-en.html

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Introduction: Urban growth with increase in population has resulted in an increase in amount of waste. Today getting rid of this waste especially in hospitals has known as one of the most significant environment challenges in all developed and developing countries. Improper hospital waste management in many of countries like Iran causes disposal of hospital waste without considering environmental and technical issues causes harmful effects on human and the environment. Therefore managing of hospital waste is one of the most complicated problems for government in all countries that involves many expenses. The study aimed at decreasing the amount of infectious waste by using a quality model.

Methods: In this study, we performed a quality improvement model to interfere generation of waste in a public university affiliated hospital in shiraz- Iran. In this study, we tried to decrease the amount of infectious waste by using this model. Hospital waste was weighted in two stages, before and after performing model. The descriptive statistics was used to compare the results of two phases.

Results: Prior to accomplishing this model, the daily average of waste production was 813 kg for infectious waste and 83 kg for non-infectious wastes that contains kitchen wastes only. Total amount of daily medical wastes in inpatient wards was 594kg (3.4 kg per occupancy bed-day). Therefore, infectious waste was 90.7% of the total amount of hospital waste. After accomplishing the model, it decreased to 57.6%.

Conclusion: Using the quality improvement model, infectious waste production has been decreased by 33.1%. Therefore, hospital can use the quality model to decrease their infectious waste production.

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Received: 2008/05/11

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