Environmental Waste Management of Disposable Surgical Coverage
Milan Majernik 1  
,   Naqib Daneshjo 1  
,   Peter Malega 2  
,   Zuzana Štofková 3  
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University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of Commerce, Slovak Republic
Technical University of Kosice, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Management, Industrial and Digital Engineering, Slovak Republic
University of Žilina, Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications, Slovak Republic
Naqib Daneshjo   

Department of marketing, Faculty of Commerce, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Dolnozemska cesta 1, 852 35, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Submission date: 2021-01-12
Final revision date: 2021-03-31
Acceptance date: 2021-04-13
Online publication date: 2021-09-01
Publication date: 2021-10-01
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2021;30(6):5163–5174
The sustainable direction in the field of patient and medical staff health safety is the use of disposable medical devices, including disposable surgical masks, as recommended by the actual European standard. Disposable surgical coverage is the result of cooperation between medical professional workplaces worldwide and professionals in the area of nonwovens and lamination of material. Various variants were developed, tested and then rejected and then finally reach the material and variant composition. The use of disposable medical devices in healthcare is now a common practice, but also an environmental problem on a global scale. Despite the widespread adoption of this best practice, many healthcare facilities and patients still register resistance and scepticism against this form, actually also in connection with protection against COVID-19. The promoted opinion also by research-confirmed opinion is that the disposable form significantly reduces the amount of regulated medical waste that is generated during surgical procedures, subsequent sterilization and in the framework of protection against COVID-19. At the same time, logistical modeling of the best practice of environmental management in waste management remains a problem for the future.