Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Study Regarding Bio-Medical Waste Management Am ong Staff in a Tertiary Care Hospital at Andhra Pradesh
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In Bio Medical Waste (BMW) Management, three important steps are Segregation, Transportation and Disposal of the Waste as per the Rule. Yet, another most important aspect is the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) of the human factors handling the waste. Good knowledge of safe and effective way of Handlin will develop a good attitude, and with good attitude correct and safe practice will be developed.
This study is to assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) regarding BMW management among the different groups of staff in a tertiary care hospital through a cross sectional study during the period of June-August 2012.
The questionnaire method was used and questionnaires were designed for the study. For each four group of study people, three different set of questionnaire has been made to reduce the bias. The sample comprises of a total of 163 Doctors, 40 Administrators, 149 Nursing.and 187 Housekeeping staff were selected using stratified random sampling technique. Results: It was found that, nursing staff scored highest (80.75%) and Doctors score lowest (76.25%) in knowledge. In Attitude also the nursing staff scored highest (85%) and lowest (75.3%) Doctor. Administrator shows highest s (83.91%) in Practice and doctor least (79.25%). Over all The Nursing staff and Administrators scored highest (81.75%) and Doctor was lowest (76.94%).
The study concludes that healthcare waste management should go beyond data compilation, enforcement of regulations and acquisition of better equipment. Regular training is required vigorously.
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