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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 8-10

Dental health care waste and its implications

Professor, Dept of Preventive & Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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K Pushpanjali
Professor, Dept of Preventive & Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka
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Hospital waste has become a very important source of spreading infection in the society. Hospitals are supposed to be seat of healing but it has become a seat of infection. This is true when it comes to nosocomial infections or Hospital acquired infections which is a frequent picture in those hospitals where the Health Care waste is not managed appropriately. Hospital waste is not only infectious but also hazardous. This issue was given prime importance and a legislation was passed "Bio Medical waste Management Rules" on July 27th. 1998. Which gives detailed description on how to manage Hospital waste? And as per the Bio Medical waste (management and handling) rules 2000, it shall be the duty of every occupier of an institution generating the waste to ensure that such waste is handled without any adverse affect to human health and environment. Since Dental Health Care set ups also generate waste that are both infectious and hazardous it is time that we also get ourselves oriented, sensitized and trained to manage Health Care waste scientifically.

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