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Medical waste disposal in private practice. Survey among a sample of general practitioners in Haute-Vienne

Medical waste disposal in private practice. Survey among a sample of general practitioners in Haute-Vienne

Sante Publique 9(3): 267-284

The physicians are daily confronted to the problem of medical waste disposal. The risk for public health is low and particularly concerns the "sharps". This research has for objective the survey of factors influencing practices of liberal general practitioners in Haute-Vienne (France) about medical waste disposal. The chosen method is epidemiological survey through a questionnaire near a sample of 156 general practitioners. Most physicians declare practising medical waste selection and more than a half of them use appropriate disposal methods. But many physicians leave his waste during visits. The admission of the existence of a risk related to medical waste improves physicians' disposal practices (selection, appropriate disposal methods). The organization of training sessions meant for liberal health care workers and the setting of new methods of waste collecting may contribute to the improvement of physicians' practices in this field.

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