Hellenic Open University Conferences, International Conference on Business & Economics of the Hellenic Open University 2016

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Medical Waste Management in Hospital Supply Chains: A Hierarchical Decision-making Framework and a System Dynamics Modelling Approach
Naoum Tsolakis

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Date: 2016-04-23 04:15 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2016-05-25


Management of waste generated in hospitals is an emerging issue due to the medical waste’s pathogenic nature and its highly-infectious potential. In addition, global population growth and rapid urbanization indicate an increasing trend on the disposal of significant medical waste volumes, hence raising concerns for patients, medical staff, healthcare facilities, public health, community, ecosystems and environment. Nevertheless, the complexity of the factors involved in hospital waste management systems necessitate a comprehensive methodological approach for the effective disposal and handling of waste generated across the entire spectrum of hospital supply chain (HSC) operations.

To that end, comprehensive decision-making could improve applied medical waste management practices and mitigate possible negative ramifications both on the people and the environment. Therefore, the purpose of this manuscript is twofold: (i) provide a taxonomy of existing hospital waste management research efforts as these are mapped on the relevant strategic, tactical and operational levels of the hierarchical decision-making echelons, and (ii) provide a System Dynamics conceptual modelling framework that captures the interactions among waste management-related factors in HSC operations. Our analysis presents major gaps and overlaps in literature, and further highlights future research areas.


Medical Waste Management; Hospital Supply Chains; System Dynamics; Hierarchical Decision-making Framework

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