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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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RODRIGUEZ-MIRANDA, Juan Pablo; GARCIA-UBAQUE, César Augusto  and  ZAFRA-MEJIA, Carlos Alfonso. Hospital waste: Generation rates in Bogotá, 2012-2015. [online]. 2016, vol.64, n.4, pp.625-628. ISSN 0120-0011.


The generation of waste by hospital activities in large urban areas requires comprehensive management, which involves knowing its production characteristics.


To establish performance indicators for the management of hospital waste based on generation rates and hospital waste classification in Bogotá D.C. in the period 2012 - 2015.

Materials and methods:

Qualitative descriptive-prospective study, with cross-sectional design performed based on secondary information obtained from hospitals in Colombia.


According to the information analyzed, between 2012 and 2015 2 727 947 tons of hospital waste were generated in Bogotá D.C; 45% of waste corresponded to non-hazardous waste (recyclable and ordinary) and 55% to hazardous waste (infectious, chemical and dangerous administrative waste).


The waste generation rates observed exceed by 40% the calculation presented by the Ministry of Environment and other sources reporting a percentage of 10-15% for hazardous waste.

Keywords : Waste Management; Medical Waste; Indicators (MeSH)..

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