Medical Waste Management in China: A Case Study of Xinxiang

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Abstract

Due to medical waste’s infection and hazard, it can cause potential environmental and public health risks, so medical waste management is of great importance especially in developing countries. The objective of the study was to analyze and assess current status of medical waste management in the light of semi-structured interview in medical institutions and the medical waste disposal centre. As a medium-sized city of China and its respective nature, Xinxiang was selected as the case study. In order to significantly improve eco-efficiency of medical waste management (MWM) and minimize the environmental risks, this paper identified key factors determining the implementation of MWM on the basis of the local realities and situations of medical waste, and then an integrated MWM system was developed. Such the regulations should be improved; MWM database platform should be strengthened; unified coordination ability of the MWM should be developed; and a suitable rural recycling network should be set up.

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Nie, L. , Qiao, Z. and Wu, H. (2014) Medical Waste Management in China: A Case Study of Xinxiang. Journal of Environmental Protection, 5, 803-810. doi: 10.4236/jep.2014.510082.

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