IJIMT 2014 Vol.5(2): 139-142 ISSN: 2010-0248
DOI: 10.7763/IJIMT.2014.V5.502

Knowledge and Awareness of Clinical Waste Management among Medical Practitioners in Hospital Batu Pahat, Johor

Siti Nurshahida Nazli, Subramaniam A/L Karuppannan, and Dasimah Omar
Abstract— The study is a descriptive study administered using questionnaires conducted to identify the level of knowledge and awareness among medical practitioners towards clinical waste management in hospital. Data were analyzed using statistical analysis tools such as Mann-Whitney Test and Chi-square Test. Study found that the level of knowledge and awareness among respondents are high. However, there were some weaknesses identified. Half of the respondents (50%) had experienced sharp injuries. Inadequate training and low knowledge in some respondents were identified that lead to improper disposing of clinical waste in general waste bins and vice versa. Statistical analysis showed that there is significant difference between the incidence of needle stick injury with receiving training (p-value<0.005). Respondents that do not receive information were not aware on the correct procedures of disposing clinical waste. Proper training is crucial as to increase and maintain high knowledge and awareness of clinical waste management in hospitals.

Index Terms— Knowledge, awareness, clinical waste, medical practitioners, hospital.

Siti Nurshahida Nazli is with the Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (Pulau Pinang) Campus Bertam, Malaysia (e-mail: shidafks@ppinang.uitm.edu.my). Subramaniam A/L Karuppannan is with Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA Kampus Puncak Alam, Malaysia (e-mail: subra@salam.uitm.edu.my).
Dasimah Omar is with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail: dasimah629@salam.uitm.edu.my).

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Cite: Siti Nurshahida Nazli, Subramaniam A/L Karuppannan, and Dasimah Omar, " Knowledge and Awareness of Clinical Waste Management among Medical Practitioners in Hospital Batu Pahat, Johor," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 139-142, 2014.

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