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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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ZUGASTI LAQUIDAIN, M. Rosario et al. Waste management in peritoneal dialysis: present and future. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2009, vol.12, n.3, pp.189-194. ISSN 1139-1375.

The environmental impact of waste is a cause for concern in our community. We have studied 26 patients undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis in order to find out their behaviour with regard to the waste generated in carrying out their treatment and their interest in collaborating in projects for improving this area in the future, as well as possible strategies to achieve this. A questionnaire was drawn up to obtain the necessary information and was completed through a voluntary and confidential personal interview. The patients' behaviour in relation to waste was considered correct on the basis of the results obtained, except for the collection of sharp object (needles), as 46% (12) of the patients interviewed placed the needles properly covered in the exclusive bag for the collection of waste from Peritoneal Dialysis treatment. Most of the patients are willing to collaborate in waste treatment projects.

Keywords : waste management; peritoneal dialysis; packaging; health waste.

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