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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 117) Last page : ( 120)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2019.00023.5

Assessment of knowledge and Attitude regarding Biomedical Waste Management among Class IV Employees

Mrs. Thomas Minu1,*, Mrs. Varghese Nancy2

1Assistant Professor, Ananthapuri College of Nursing, Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute, Trivandrum, Kerala

2Assistant Professor, Ananthapuri College of Nursing, Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute, Trivandrum, Kerala

*Corresponding Author Email: minumidhu22@gmail.com

Online published on 15 March, 2019.

Abstract

Introduction

The hospital sector has gone through a revolutionary change in the process of health care delivery and has emerged into a complex multidisciplinary system. This sector utilizes an array of items in the process of delivering health care and leaves behind unusable waste which has to be handled and disposed with utmost care. Since the class IV employees are directly involved in biomedical waste management, they should have good knowledge and attitude regarding the management of biomedical waste.

Methods

This study was conducted among 100 class IV employees at General Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram to assess the knowledge and attitude regarding biomedical waste management. Purposive sampling was adopted for the study. Knowledge questionnaire and attitude rating scale were used as research instruments.

Results

The results showed that majority (73%) of subjects had average knowledge regarding biomedical waste management and 99% of subjects had favorable attitude towards biomedical waste management. There was statistically significant (p<0.05) association between knowledge score and number of person who attended the class previously.

Conclusion

This study revealed that although the attitude about biomedical waste management was high among the class IV employees, the knowledge was comparatively low. There is a great need for continuing education and training programmes to be conducted for health workers.

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Keywords

Knowledge, Attitude, Biomedical Waste Management, Class IV Employees.

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