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Harsukh Educational Charitable Society International Journal of Community Health and Medical Research

Volume 6 Issue 1 Jan-March 2020

Original Articles

Assessment of awareness of undergraduates about biomedical waste management
Dara Singh, Rehana Khurshid

Background: Every institution has guidelines and protocol for management of biomedical waste. These guidelines and protocols should strictly be followed at every level of generation, collection, transportation, storage, treatment, and disposal. Hence; under the light of above mentioned data, the present study was conducted with the aim of assessing the awareness of undergraduates about biomedical waste management. Materials & Methods: A total of 150 undergraduate interns were enrolled in the present study. Complete demographic and clinical details of all the participants were obtained. A questionnaire made consisting of 25 questions with aim of assessing the awareness of participants about different biomedical waste management protocol. Correct answered was given 4 marks while no negative marking was done for wrong answers. Based on the results, mean and SD was calculated and assessment of awareness of undergraduates was done. Also, awareness was assessed among participants divided on the basis of gender. Results: Mean overall awareness score of all the candidates was 78.67. Mean awareness score among males was 82.13 and mean awareness score among females was found to be 75.2. However; while comparing the mean awareness score among males and females, non-significant results were obtained. Conclusion: Undergraduates are not fully aware of the biomedical waste management protocols. Key words: Biomedical waste, Undergraduates

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