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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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BAMBAREN-ALATRISTA, Celso  and  ALATRISTA-GUTIERREZ DE BAMBAREN, María del Socorro. Environmental impact of a public hospital in the city of Lima, Peru. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2014, vol.31, n.4, pp.712-715. ISSN 1726-4634.

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.

Keywords : Environmental pollution; Climate change; Hospitals.

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