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Title: Optimal evaluation of infectious medical waste disposal companies using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process

Abstract

Ever since Taiwan's National Health Insurance implemented the diagnosis-related groups payment system in January 2010, hospital income has declined. Therefore, to meet their medical waste disposal needs, hospitals seek suppliers that provide high-quality services at a low cost. The enactment of the Waste Disposal Act in 1974 had facilitated some improvement in the management of waste disposal. However, since the implementation of the National Health Insurance program, the amount of medical waste from disposable medical products has been increasing. Further, of all the hazardous waste types, the amount of infectious medical waste has increased at the fastest rate. This is because of the increase in the number of items considered as infectious waste by the Environmental Protection Administration. The present study used two important findings from previous studies to determine the critical evaluation criteria for selecting infectious medical waste disposal firms. It employed the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process to set the objective weights of the evaluation criteria and select the optimal infectious medical waste disposal firm through calculation and sorting. The aim was to propose a method of evaluation with which medical and health care institutions could objectively and systematically choose appropriate infectious medical waste disposal firms.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Industrial Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21550391
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Waste Management
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2011.02.020; PII: S0956-053X(11)00104-8; Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Journal ID: ISSN 0956-053X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; COST; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; EVALUATION; FUZZY LOGIC; HOSPITALS; INSURANCE; WASTE DISPOSAL; BUILDINGS; MANAGEMENT; MATHEMATICAL LOGIC; MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENTS; WASTE MANAGEMENT

Citation Formats

Ho, Chao Chung, E-mail: ho919@pchome.com.tw. Optimal evaluation of infectious medical waste disposal companies using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2011.02.020.
Ho, Chao Chung, E-mail: ho919@pchome.com.tw. Optimal evaluation of infectious medical waste disposal companies using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process. United States. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2011.02.020.
Ho, Chao Chung, E-mail: ho919@pchome.com.tw. Fri . "Optimal evaluation of infectious medical waste disposal companies using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process". United States. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2011.02.020.
@article{osti_21550391,
title = {Optimal evaluation of infectious medical waste disposal companies using the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process},
author = {Ho, Chao Chung, E-mail: ho919@pchome.com.tw},
abstractNote = {Ever since Taiwan's National Health Insurance implemented the diagnosis-related groups payment system in January 2010, hospital income has declined. Therefore, to meet their medical waste disposal needs, hospitals seek suppliers that provide high-quality services at a low cost. The enactment of the Waste Disposal Act in 1974 had facilitated some improvement in the management of waste disposal. However, since the implementation of the National Health Insurance program, the amount of medical waste from disposable medical products has been increasing. Further, of all the hazardous waste types, the amount of infectious medical waste has increased at the fastest rate. This is because of the increase in the number of items considered as infectious waste by the Environmental Protection Administration. The present study used two important findings from previous studies to determine the critical evaluation criteria for selecting infectious medical waste disposal firms. It employed the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process to set the objective weights of the evaluation criteria and select the optimal infectious medical waste disposal firm through calculation and sorting. The aim was to propose a method of evaluation with which medical and health care institutions could objectively and systematically choose appropriate infectious medical waste disposal firms.},
doi = {10.1016/j.wasman.2011.02.020},
journal = {Waste Management},
issn = {0956-053X},
number = 7,
volume = 31,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {7}
}