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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-106

Liquid biomedical waste management: An emerging concern for physicians

Department of Pharmacology, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha, India

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Sasmita Biswal
Sasmita Biswal, Department of Pharmacology, V.S.S Medical College, Burla, Odisa - 768017
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-9727.118238

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The safe and effective management of health care biomedical waste has received much attention for improper and inadequate management is associated with an increase in the incidence of health risks to the healthcare workers, the patients, and their environment and to the community at large. Hence the development of safe and effective management of biomedical waste along with handling protocols, institutional plans and policies, appropriate training and feedback programs on proper waste management and handling for all the healthcare workers are highly recommended. In India, with the implementation of Biomedical Wastes (Management & Handling) Rules 1998, emphasis is being placed mainly on the proper handling, segregation and disposal of the healthcare waste by which the risks and hazards to an individual and to the community can be considerably reduced. Though a technology and treatment protocol already exists, liquid biomedical waste management still remains a major problem for all healthcare facilities. So proper training in handling of waste will enable the healthcare facility to diffuse this critical problem safely and cost effectively while managing their liquid biomedical waste. So a literature search using the terms liquid biomedical waste was done and this review describes the problems associated with its management.

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