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Healthcare Organizations Err While Handling Medical Waste

All medical waste in healthcare organizations-if not disposed well-can cause infectious diseases to the people. Healthcare waste sector has always been ignored across the globe. But with increasing awareness and interactions by various government, experts believe that the medical wastes will get handled very carefully in coming years.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) states that around 16 billion injections were administered across the globe in 2018 and obviously not all the sharps and needles were disposed after the use. This medical waste caused infectious diseases to the people. To avoid such crisis, there is a need of structured planning for the disposal of the waste.

Healthcare workers are being trained to safely handle contaminated wastes before being assigned to an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. (Source: Wikipedia)

Small clinics to multi-specialty hospitals, research and development laboratories and pathologies produce medical wastes on very large number every day. Wastes from clinics and hospitals consist used syringes, used hand gloves and masks used by patients and healthcare professional. Broken apparatus with infectious tissues, blood or any type of body fluid, body parts are some of the wastes produced from the laboratories or pathologies. It has become an important for the healthcare sector to dispose the waste in a proper way.

According to the report of The Insight Partners, the global medical waste management market is expected to grow by US$ 16,495.8 million in 2027 with CAGR of 5.2% from 2019–2027. The main factor driving the sector is increasing population of patients across the globe resulting more admissions in the hospitals. Second important factor is increasing awareness among socioeconomic groups and agencies related to the benefits of proper waste management. Also, stringent regulations and initiatives undertaken by various governments with respect to appropriate disposal of medical waste byproducts and residues.

Many developing economies with huge population in Asia are also facing the issues regarding the Medical Waste management. According to the General Health Services India, the country generates approximately 550.9 tons of medical waste on a regular basis and is expected to produce775.5 tons of waste by 2022. The Insight Partners report also estimates that the market in the Asia Pacific region will reach to US$ 3,845.2 Million in 2027.

Sharp Containers with Different Shapes and Sizes (Source: FDA)

In 2018, after evaluating the safety and effectiveness, the U.S. Food and Drugs Agency (FDA) cleared sharps disposal containers to help reduce the risk of injury and infections from sharps. FDA recommended the use of these containers for the immediate disposal of needles and other sharps used by patients or healthcare professionals. Also, the agency has given instructions to use these containers to provide proper guidance amongst.

Healthcare waste sector has always witnessed comparatively lower attention in global economies in previous years. But with increasing awareness and interactions by government, experts believe that the medical wastes will get handled very carefully in coming years.

Neha Mule

Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.

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