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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2015, Volume : 5, Issue : 2
First page : ( 234) Last page : ( 241)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2015.00046.4

Knowledge and Practice of Bio -Medical Waste Management among Safai Karmachari working at Central Referral Hospital, Gangtok, Sikkim

Ms. Thapa Maheswari1, Ms. Rai Upasana1, Ms. Devi Ch. Bijaya2, Ms. Chettri Kritana2, Ms. Wahengbam Sonia2, Ms. Sharma Srijana2, Ms. Devi Barkha3, Mrs. Shashirani P3

1Assistant Lecturer, Sikkim Manipal College of Nursing, Gangtok, Sikkim

2B. Sc. Nursing students, Sikkim Manipal College of Nursing, SMIMS, Gangtok

3Assistant Professor, Sikkim Manipal College of Nursing, Gangtok, Sikkim

*Corresponding Author Email: barkhadevi2@gmail.com


The waste produced in the course of healthcare activities carries a higher potential for infection and injury than any other type of waste. Inadequate and inappropriate knowledge and practice of handling of healthcare waste may have serious health consequences and significant impact on the environment therefore the investigators conduct a survey study to assess the knowledge and practices of Safai Karmachari regarding biomedical waste management. Investigators adopted the descriptive co-relational design where 30 Safai Karmachari were selected by non-probability convenient sampling technique at CRH, Gangtok. Validated structured interview schedule and observational checklist were used to collect data. The findings of the study reveals that knowledge regarding the meaning (96.6%), storage (45%) and 71.6% on disposal/treatment of bio medical waste management was found to be better. Regarding practices, segregation was practiced by 16.67% whereas (93.33%) practiced transportation and there was a significant association between practice and years of experience as seen by χ2 value (p < 0.05). The importance of training regarding biomedical waste management needs emphasis, lack of proper and complete knowledge about biomedical waste management impacts practices of appropriate waste segregation.



Knowledge, Practice, Safai Karmachari, Bio Medical Waste management, Waste management.


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