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Journal of the Academy of Hospital Administration

Book Review: Biomedical Waste Management in India

Author(s): Dr. Sidhartha Satpathy

Vol. 16, No. 2 (2004-07 - 2004-12)

Author: J Kishore, GK Ingle

Publisher: Century Publications; 2004. (page-144) Price.Rs.140/

ISBN No.: 81-88132-08-X

The recent focus on environment protection and waste management worldwide has led to numerous legislations in various countries. With the enactment of Biomedical waste (management and handling) Rules 1998, it is now a statutory requirement for Indian Hospitals. This increase in awareness has also resulted in publication of a number of books on this exciting but previously neglected area. As the most recent entrant in this area, this book is certainly an useful addition which makes interesting reading.

The book is compact, and the size is very handy but packs in a lot of information due to the small font size of printing. It contains twelve chapters along with relevant references, glossary and useful annexure on waste audit, monitoring and addresses of manufactures and suppliers which will be useful for owners of nursing homes/hospitals, at the time of procurement. One of the significant omissions in the introductory chapters is the global and national historical perspective which the authors may consider incorporating in the subsequent edition. The chapter on “Hazards of Biomedical waste” is comprehensive and provides factual information with references, probably with an intention to hold the attention of busy clinicians. The photographs are however, disappointing and could have been much better, especially in the era of digital photography. One curious aspect is the repetition of chapter twelve i.e.“Important diseases associated with Biomedical waste”, which has earlier been covered under “Hazards of Biomedical waste”, probably the double emphasis is to put an element of ‘fear’ into the generators of waste to be more careful with segregation practices.

The chapters on waste treatment and disposal and waste minimization are slightly different from other books and provide a contemporary perspective. Newer technology like plasma arc, gamma irradiation etc have also been covered with salient inputs. The examples of waste minimization are an eye opener and should capture the attention of the health care workers and administration for ensuring implementation.

Over all, the book is written in a lucid manner and is easy to understand. It will be useful for Health and Hospital administrators, students of Hospital management, clinicians holding managerial positions, infection control practitioners, hospital Engineers and sanitation staff. The authors may consider including colour photographs/plan activity charts, flow diagrams and increasing the font size in the future editions to make it more appealing.

Reference Books in Healthcare Management
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), is the National Standards body engaged in the formulation of Indian standards related to various products and services. In particular, it has formulated the following standards in the field of Hospital & Medical Care services sector, which are available from the sales counter of BIS:

Sl. No. Indian Standard No. Title Price (Rs.)
1. IS 10905(Pt 1): 1984 Recommendations for basic requirements of general hospital buildings: Part 1 Administrative and hospital services department buildings 180
2. IS 10905(Pt 2): 1984 Recommendations for basic requirements of general hospital buildings: Part 2 Medical services department buildings 310
3. IS 10905(Pt 3): 1984 Recommendations for basic requirements of general hospital buildings: Part 3 Engineering services department buildings 160
4. IS 12377:1988 Classification and matrix for various categories of hospitals 100
5. IS 12433 (Pt 1): 1988 Basic requirements for hospital planning: Part 1 Up to 30 bedded hospitals 230
6. IS 12433 (Pt 2): 2001 Basic requirements for hospital planning: Part 2 Up to 100 bedded hospitals 470
7. IS 13808 (Part 1):1993 Quality management for hospital services (up to 30 bedded hospital) - Guidelines: Part 1 Out-patient department (OPD) and emergency services 180
8. IS 13808 (Part 2):1993 Quality management for hospital services (up to 30 bedded hospital) - Guidelines: Part 2 Diagnostic and blood transfusion services 160
9. IS 13808 (Part 3):1995 Quality management for hospital services (up to 30 bedded hospital) - Guidelines: Part 3 Wards, nursing services and operation theatre 210
10. IS 13808 (Part 4):1996 Quality management for hospital services (up to 30 bedded hospital) - Guidelines: Part 4 Hospital support services 180
11. IS 13808 (Part 5):1996 Quality management for hospital services (upto 30 bedded hospital) - Guidelines: Part 5 Hospital equipment management 180
12. IS 15195:2002 Performance Guidelines for Quality assurance in hospital services up to 30-bedded hospitals 230
13. IS 15461:2004 Performance Guidelines for Quality assurance in hospital services up to 100-bedded hospital 360
14. IS 15551:2003 Quality Management systems - Guidelines for process improvements in health service organization 650

For further information, please contact: Head (Management and Systems)

Bureau of Indian Standards
9, B.S.Zafar Marg, New Delhi - 110002
Ph. 011- 23231106
e-mail: [email protected]
website: www.bis.org.in

Dr. Sidhartha Satpathy:
Associate Professor, Deptt. of Hospital Administration, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
For correspondence:
E-Mail: [email protected]

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