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International Medical Waste Management: Implementing Medical Waste Classification in the United States

Date

4-10-2021

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Online

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This research examines current medical waste management systems specifically identification of medical waste in the United States and abroad. For example, an analysis of medical waste management systems in the United States shows limited data and research on the types of discarded waste and protocols to handle and manage medical waste safely. In comparison, research shows other countries such as Iran and Canada have more advanced protocols and training for healthcare professionals, while also reducing the amount of medical waste produced that is both harmful to the environment and the public. This study focused on a literature review and concluded more research is required about practices in the United States to ascertain whether the strategies used in other countries may be effective in the United States, as well as a recommendation of implementation of specific identification protocols within United States hospitals.

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International Medical Waste Management: Implementing Medical Waste Classification in the United States

Online

This research examines current medical waste management systems specifically identification of medical waste in the United States and abroad. For example, an analysis of medical waste management systems in the United States shows limited data and research on the types of discarded waste and protocols to handle and manage medical waste safely. In comparison, research shows other countries such as Iran and Canada have more advanced protocols and training for healthcare professionals, while also reducing the amount of medical waste produced that is both harmful to the environment and the public. This study focused on a literature review and concluded more research is required about practices in the United States to ascertain whether the strategies used in other countries may be effective in the United States, as well as a recommendation of implementation of specific identification protocols within United States hospitals.