Problem of Home-Care Waste Recovery at Home-Visit Nursing Stations in Japan
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2012
First Page: 1
Last Page: 4
Publisher Id: TOWMJ-5-1
Article History:Received Date: 27/01/2012
Revision Received Date: 10/03/2012
Acceptance Date: 10/03/2012
Electronic publication date: 12/4/2012
Collection year: 2012
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A questionnaire survey was conducted to investigate the problems involved in the infectious waste recovery at home-visit nursing stations. 1965 nursing stations were selected randomly, and questionnaires were sent to them. Nurses at 1314 stations (66.9%) responded to the survey and responses from 1283 stations were identified as suitable for analysis after excluding 26 stations that closed and five stations whose main field of care was psychiatry. Nursing stations using an automobile mainly were classified as “Auto stations” and all others were classified as “non-Auto stations”. Auto station nurses were more concerned with bad odor from waste. Non-Auto station nurses were more concerned with the physical weight of transported waste. Thus, in order to alleviate these concerns, it is necessary to provide nurses with containers for medical waste suited to home-visit nursing care and tools for preventing injuries.