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Health-Care Waste: Knowledge of Primary Care nurses

  • Sanches, Ana Paula Mhirdaui
  • Mekaro, Karen Sayuri
  • Figueiredo, Rosely Moralez de
  • André, Silvia Carla da Silva
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2018
Scientific Electronic Library Online - Brazil
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ABSTRACT Objective: to describe the knowledge of nurses on Health-Care Waste Management (HCW) in Family Health Units (FHU) of São Carlos city, São Paulo State. Method: exploratory, descriptive and quantitative approach. The research was carried out with nurses of 16 FHU of the municipality of São Carlos-SP. Data were collected through an interview using a tool validated and analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: it is noteworthy that 68.7% (11) of the nurses did not know how to describe how chemical waste was sorted. In addition, regarding the treatment of HCW, 50.0% (8) of the nurses did not know if the general waste were subjected to some type of treatment. Conclusion: the HCW management can be considered a challenge in the nurses' agenda inserted in the Primary Care services, which refers to the need to implement periodic training on the management of this waste.

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