Environmental impact of a public hospital in the city of Lima, Peru

Authors

  • Celso Bambarén-Alatrista Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.
  • María del Socorro Alatrista-Gutiérrez de Bambarén Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Lima, Perú.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2014.314.123

Keywords:

Environmental pollution, Climate change, Hospitals

Abstract

The operation of hospitals produces negative effects on the environment which contributes to air pollution and climate change. The institution in this study is a category III health care facility located in the city of Lima. It generates 4.89 kg/bed/day of solid waste, and consumes 1.36 m3/bed/day of water; 25.22 kWh/bed/day of electricity, and 2.76 liters/bed/day of fuel. The level of PM10 and measured parameters of disposal to the public network are within legal limits, while mobile source noise exceeds the maximum allowable limit. The institution releases into the atmosphere 2,291 tons of CO2 equivalents per year. In conclusion, the institution studied generates a negative impact on the environment.

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Published

2014-12-01

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Research Articles

How to Cite

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Bambarén-Alatrista C, Alatrista-Gutiérrez de Bambarén M del S. Environmental impact of a public hospital in the city of Lima, Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Dec. 1 [cited 2024 May 25];31(4). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/123

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