Journal article

An audit of intensive care unit recyclable waste

F McGain, D Story, S Hendel

ANAESTHESIA | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

There is little known about recyclable intensive care unit waste. We tested the hypotheses that the intensive care unit produces a small proportion ( 30%) is recyclable and that there is little (< 10%) cross-contamination of non-infectious with infectious waste. For seven consecutive days in an Australian 10-bedded intensive care unit, we prospectively sorted all waste. The total intensive care unit waste for the week was 540 kg, representing 5% of hospital waste. Of the 401 kg of intensive care unit general waste, recyclables were 230 kg (57%; 95% CI 53-61%), mainly plastics, cardboard and paper. There were 0.4 kg of infectious cross-contamination in the 401 kg of general waste. Intensive c..

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