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Title: Evaluation of dental waste management in two cities in Palestine
Other Titles: تقييم ادارة نفايات عيادات طب الاسنان في مدينتين في فلسطين
Authors: Darwish, R.O. 
Al-Khatib, Issam A. 
Keywords: Dental clinics - Sanitation - Palestine;Dental waste - Management - Palestine;Dentistry - Safety measures - Palestine
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Disposal of dental waste was investigated at 37 randomly selected clinics in Ramallah and Al-Bireh cities: 31 private practices and 6 public/NGO clinics. Dentists were interviewed regarding their disposal of different forms of dental waste. Disinfectants and X-ray processing solution were thrown down the drain. For sharps, 13.5% of dentists used puncture-resistant containers (only in the public/ NGO clinics), 45.9% discarded needles directly in the garbage after being recapped and 40.5% placed the used needles and blades in closed plastic bottles before throwing in the general garbage. Bloodsoaked dressings and amalgam waste were also thrown in the garbage. While 10.75% of dentists were vaccinated against hepatitis B, 47% of the staff at private clinics were not.
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