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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 311-315

Biomedical waste management in dentistry during COVID-19 pandemic: What the guidelines recommend??


1 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Ferah Rehman
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njms.NJMS_132_20

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In the current coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, dentists, auxiliaries as well as patients undergoing dental procedures are at high risk of cross-infection. Many patients who are asymptomatic may be carriers. For this reason, it is suggested that all patients visiting a dental office must be treated with due precautions. Ample amount of data is available which is mainly focusing on infection prevention and asepsis protocol for dental set ups with little emphasis on biomedical waste (BMW) management which is equally important in curbing the spread of the disease to health-care workers and general population. This article highlights the updated guidelines of BMW management to be followed in various dental set ups to prevent this spread to health-care workers dealing with the disposal of waste generated while treating patients in dental care.


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