Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002649
Title: Knowledge and awareness on biomedical waste management among students of four dental colleges in Chennai, India
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Dental waste is a subset of biomedical waste (BMW). It has been observed that most of the dental health facilities and the guidelines for proper management of dental waste are not adopted and not up to the prescribed standard. Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the current knowledge and awareness of undergraduate dental students regarding BMW management. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted during the academic year January–March 2018 in randomly selected four dental colleges, Chennai. Undergraduate dental students who were willing to participate were included in the study after obtaining informed consent and ethical committee clearance. A total of 100 students were selected randomly, and a self‑administered questionnaire was given to the respondents. The questionnaire consisted of 16 structured questions to assess the students’ knowledge levels, attitude, and awareness regarding BMW management. Results: The survey was conducted on 100 dental students, of which 25 were 3rd years, 40 from final year, and 35 were doing internship. The knowledge score according to the year of study was 64%, 52.5%, and 80% for 3rd years, 4th years, and interns, respectively. Overall, 67% of respondents were aware about the correct color coding management system for hospital waste management that prevails in India. Conclusion: The results indicate that not all dental students were aware of BMW management. A large population of the dental students were not practicing proper method of health‑care waste disposal; hence, there is an utmost need to educate almost the dental students and practitioners regarding proper practice of BMW management.

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    V. Indhulekha1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 , Ashish R. Jain2 *

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    1 Departmetn of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Ashish. R. Jain, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Poonamalle High Road, Chennai ‑ 600 127, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    V. Indhulekha1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 , Ashish R. Jain2 *

    Title:Knowledge and awareness on biomedical waste management among students of four dental colleges in Chennai, India
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2395-2399)
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    Methodology:Management
    Research Materials:Biomedical waste, Dental students

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Awareness Biomedical waste Dental students Management

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