Rising PPE waste another concern facing AIIMS
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The All India Institute of Medical Sciences is grappling with the problem of dealing with used personal protection equipment generated since March.

The AIIMS administration is aware of the problem and had issued a notice last month after it was found that using “Tyvek and similar biosafety coverall suits and N-95 masks are being stored for a period of more than 2-3 weeks, which is not advisable from an infection control point of view,” AIIMS medical superintendent DK Sharma noted in a circular on May 26.

The area earmarked for storing used PPE is the medicine OPD for the hospital and the 8th floor of the burns and plastic surgery block for the trauma center, which is a violation of biomedical waste management and handling rules issued by the environment ministry, the staffers claimed.

AIIMS director Randeep Guleria said the PPE was not disposed of because of a plan to recycle them amid a shortage. “We had kept them as a backup. We were not clear about the supply but now that we have sufficient supplies available, we have asked to dispose of them,” he told ET. He said AIIMS was assessing whether high-end used PPE could be recycled and reused.

According to biomedical waste management rules, untreated human anatomical waste, animal anatomical waste, soiled waste, and biotechnology waste shall not be stored beyond a period of 48 hours.

According to the World Health Organization’s guidance for treating coronavirus patients, PPE should be “discarded in an appropriate waste container after use.”

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Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/rising-ppe-waste-another-concern-facing-aiims-now/articleshow/76226957.cms?from=mdr
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