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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-70

Assessment of awareness regarding biomedical waste management among students and interns of dental institute

1 Department of Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Central Institute of Business Management Research and Development, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Anita Rama Kahar
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmd.ijmd_14_17

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Introduction: In teaching institutes, most of the patients got treated by the students and the interns. They are the budding dentist of dental health-care profession. As these students and the interns work in direct contact with biomedical waste (BMW), they should have proper knowledge about its management to avoid the associated risk. Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate BMW education/awareness, awareness of BMW generation, hazard, and legislation and its management practices among the final BDS students and interns of VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Methodology: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was designed. The study was approved by the Institutional Ethical Committee. The questionnaire was consisted of 19 close-ended questions and one open-ended question. It was distributed anonymously among BDS final year students and interns. The solved questionnaire was collected back after 10 min and the data were analyzed. Results and Conclusion: The present study showed that awareness regarding the BMW was good and awareness about its generation; hazards, legislation, and awareness about BMW practices were moderate to poor.

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