Medical wastes found on coastline are increasing

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6952.471 (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:471
  1. R Philipp,
  2. K Pond,
  3. G Rees
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR
  2. Department of Environmental Management, Farnborough college of Techology, Farnborough GU14 6SB.

    EDITOR, - Last year we reported, on the basis of data from Norwich Union Coastwatch UK, that in 1991 one item of medical waste was found per 5.4 km of coastline surveyed in England and Wales.1 In 1992 the findings were similar,2 but in both studies unspecified medical items accounted for more than 48% of the waste. Injuries are being sustained - for example, 40 needlestick accidents on bathing beaches were reported between 1988 …

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