SAFER HOSPITAL AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE DUMPING- Sambal member upload

Healthcare institutions generate enormous amount of waste which is considered as potentially hazardous in view of the inherent potential for dissemination of infection.The rising trends of HBV and HIV infection has led to an increasing awareness about the

BY: AMRITESH KUMAR
Organization: CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH BIHAR
Original Source / Author: Shoukat Khan,* AT Syed,** Reyaz Ahmad,** Tanveer A. Rather,* M Ajaz,** and FA Jan** 08 Jan, 2018
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Most of the tertiary care hospitals use radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Safe disposal of the radioactive waste is a vital component of the overall management of the hospital waste. An important objective in radioactive waste management is to ensure that the radiation exposure to an individual (Public, Radiation worker, Patient) and the environment does not exceed the prescribed safe limits. Disposal of Radioactive waste in public domain is undertaken in accordance with the Atomic Energy (Safe disposal of radioactive waste) rules of 1987 promulgated by the Indian Central Government Atomic Energy Act 1962. Any prospective plan of a hospital that intends using radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures needs to have sufficient infrastructural and manpower resources to keep its ambient radiation levels within specified safe limits. Regular monitoring of hospital area and radiation workers is mandatory to assess the quality of radiation safety. Records should be maintained to identify the quality and quantity of radioactive waste generated and the mode of its disposal. Radiation Safety officer plays a key role in the waste disposal operations.

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