COVID-19 related healthcare wastes management practices among Bangladeshi medical professionals
Purpose Amidst the one year of COVID-19 the amount of healthcare waste generation manifolds in Bangladesh. This article aims to rapidly assess the knowledge, attitude, practice, and perception (KAPP) towards COVID-19 related healthcare wastes among Bangladeshi healthcare professionals. Methods This research was conducted following a multi-stage methodological approaches to achieve the desired objectives. A total of 300 (= 300) responses were collected from the healthcare professionals,
... essionals, including doctors, nurses, and relevant staff from the public and private medical hospitals and clinics. Results It was found that most of the respondents (83.7%) know about the concerning issues of medical wastes and their types. Almost 90.0% (n = 270) respondents agreed with the statement KS3, mentioned as 'medical waste of COVID-19 patients can be considered as infectious waste' and they are aware about the potential threat from the waste. It was also found that nearly 76.0% (n = 228) of the respondents know about color coding for the segregation of medical waste. However, interestingly, 68.3% and 43.6% professionals have knowledge about the guidelines of medical waste management. Surprisingly, around 57.0% (n = 171) respondents think that medical waste management adds an extra burden to their work. T-test indicates that demographic characteristics e.g., respondents' gender, age, occupation/job responsibility, work experience, and level of education, have a significant effect on the safe handling and disposal of biomedical waste. Conclusion Despite of having good knowledge about importance of safe handling and management of healthcare wastes Bangladeshi medical professionls have negative attitude and practices in the management of healthcare wastes.