Authors: Maria Isabel Ramos and Karina Pavão Patrício
Objective: Investigate and describe the production, collection and disposal of residues of health services (RHS) and characterize the exposure of Oncology staff from Cape Verde Hospital.
Method: A descriptive study with quantitative and qualitative methodology, using semi-structured questionnaire, chek list and on-site observations to investigate the situation of the solid health waste handling and its risks. The participants in this study were professionals from a hospital who handle solid chemotherapy waste, in total 50 participants.
Results: The data point to the lack of training of professionals exposing them to risks of occupational accidents, inadequate handling of RHS in the oncology outpatient clinic and to serious socio-environmental risks.
Conclusion: Professionals, patients, general population and the environment are exposed to risks because of lack of training and an appropriate management plan of RHS.View/Download pdf