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request on medical waste dataset
- WriterFrancesco Mitis
Dear colleagues, I am the data manager of the WHO/UNICEF JMP monitoring programme, which is assessing progresses in access to water and sanitation in all the countries of the world as custodian agencies for SDG indicators. Every 2 years we produce country estimates for WASH in household, but also for health care facilities and schools. Regarding health care facilities, we also monitor healthcare waste management. I have found a table on medical waste on your website (Korean version) (link: https://kosis.kr/statHtml/statHtml.do?orgId=106&tblId=DT_106N_07_0100039&vw_cd=MT_ZTITLE&list_id=T_30&seqNo=&lang_mode=ko&language=kor&obj_var_id=&itm_id=&conn_path=MT_ZTITLE) I am interested to know the correct definitions of the observations in the rows of the dataset. Translated into English they are like this: - quarantined medical waste - pathological waste - biochemical waste - perishable waste - general medical waste - Tissue Logistics Waste - placenta - blood contaminated waste Could you please provide more precise definitions? How are sharps categorised? Thanks a lot for your kind collaboration Francesco Mitis
Answer Statistics Korea/2022-07-20
Dear Francesco Mitis, Thank you for visiting the KOSIS website. According to <Table 2> 'Types of Medical Wastes' of Article 4 of the Enforcement Decree of the Wastes Control Act, the definitions of medical wastes are as follows; 1. Quarantine-related medical wastes: Any waste generated from medical practices for people isolated in order to protect others from infectious diseases under the subparagraph 1 of Article 2 of the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act 2. Hazardous medical wastes 1) Anatomical waste: Human or animal tissues, organs, parts of the body, animal carcasses, blood, pus and blood products (serum, plasma, blood products) 2) Pathological waste: Culture medium and vessel used for testing and inspection, storage strain, waste test tube, slide, cover glass, waste medium, waste glove 3) Damaging waste: Injection needles, suture needles, surgical blades, oriental medicine needles, dental needles, broken glass testing instruments 4) Biochemical wastes: Waste vaccines, waste cancer drugs, waste chemotherapy drugs 5) Blood-contaminated waste: Waste blood bags, wastes used during hemodialysis, and other wastes that require special management because they contain enough blood to leak 3. General medical wastes: Cotton wool, bandages, gauze, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, disposable syringe, infusion set, etc. that contain blood, body fluids, secretions, and excrement Best regards, Statistics Korea