CSIR institute ties up with AIIMS to test technology on biomedical waste, ET HealthWorld

CSIR institute ties up with AIIMS to test technology on biomedical waste, ET HealthWorld


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New Delhi: The Thiruvananthapuram-based CSIR institute has signed an agreement with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi to validate a technology that offers an energy-efficient alternative to current practices in disposing of pathogenic biomedical waste. CSIR-National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST) has developed a dual disinfection-solidification system that can automatically disinfect and stabilize decomposable pathogenic biomedical waste such as blood, urine, saliva, sputum and laboratory disposables, besides imparting a pleasant natural aroma to the otherwise foul-smelling biomedical waste. This technology has the potential to have far-reaching consequences in the global biomedical sector, as it can address the limitations of conventional technologies, including energy-intensive incineration.

This will be validated through a pilot-scale installation at AIIMS and accompanying R&D. A technical meeting will be held between the two institutions to finalise the specifications before the start of the proposed study.

Dr. C. Ananda Dharmakrishnan, Director, CSIR-NIIST said, “The technology we have developed for converting pathogenic biomedical waste into value-added soil additives is a perfect example of the concept of ‘waste to wealth’.”

Biomedical waste, which contains potentially infectious and pathogenic material, presents a significant challenge for proper management and disposal. According to a 2020 report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), about 774 tonnes of biomedical waste is generated daily in India.

  • Published on June 26, 2024 at 02:21 PM IST

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