KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICES OF ANTI-NEOPLASTIC DRUG WASTE DISPOSAL IN TERTIARY HOSPITALS OF KARACHI

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Usman Ghani Farooqi
Fahad Ahmed Khan
Paras Ali
Farhan Salik
Dileep Kumar
Mansoor Ali
Ramesh Kumar
Riaz Hussain
Wazir Ahmed
Shumaila
Noureen Huma

Keywords

Anti-neoplastic drugs, waste management, tertiary hospitals

Abstract

Background: In order to attain persistent environmental sustainability and safeguard public health, it is imperative to implement suitable management practices for healthcare waste. Consequently, healthcare personnel must be adequately trained in the proper handling of chemical waste arising from anti-neoplastic chemotherapy, as it presents potential risks to the well-being of both staff members, patients, and the surrounding environment.


Aims: The aim of this study is to assess the level of knowledge and attitudes regarding waste management practices for anti-neoplastic drugs in tertiary hospitals located in Karachi.


Methods: A questionnaire was developed with the purpose of assessing individuals' knowledge and awareness regarding the management of anti-neoplastic waste. Data was obtained from the oncology departments of all the hospitals involved in the study. A comprehensive analysis was undertaken to summarize the findings of the survey.


Results: The findings indicate a notable deficiency in the participants' understanding of appropriate management of waste contaminated with anti-neoplastic drugs, as well as their attitudes towards the utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). When queried about the proper disposal of waste products contaminated with anti-neoplastic drugs, only 22% of the respondents expressed agreement with the necessity of segregating and individually packaging all the contaminated materials.


Conclusion: The findings of this survey provide evidence in favor of implementing a more extensive waste management programme that would be sustained through regular training and supervision.

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