Essay On Medical Waste Management

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How does medical waste management contribute to a sustainable healthcare system? The World Health Organization defines health systems as follows: “A health care system consists of all organizations, people and actions whose primary intent is to promote, restore or maintain health. This includes efforts to influence determinants of health as well as more direct health-improving activities.” The need for health care systems is to defend against rising illnesses, provide adequate financial support for medical care, improve life expectancies, reduce mortality rates, and use natural resources economically and efficiently. Sustainable healthcare is providing healthcare to the people using physical, financial and human resources efficiently and economically…show more content…
Infectious waste is the waste contaminated with blood and other bodily fluids (e.g. from discarded diagnostic samples), cultures and stocks of infectious agents from laboratory work (e.g. waste from autopsies and infected animals from laboratories), waste from patients in isolation ward and sand equipment (e.g. swabs, bandages and disposable medical devices). Pathological waste is human tissues, organs or fluids, body parts and contaminated animal carcasses. Sharps is syringes, needles, disposable scalpels and blades,…show more content…
Dialysis is a procedure provided to patients with chronic or acute renal failure. Dialysis is a very energy and resource demanding treatment. Good quality water is essential for the treatment. Usually once the water is used it is disposed of in to the sea or ocean, but now- a-days by chemically treating the water it is now reused for various purposes. One of them being, the water needed in the toilets for flushing. It is necessary to make sure that the sewage system carrying the toxic waste water is well maintained and that there are no

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