Hospital Wastewaters

Characteristics, Management, Treatment and Environmental Risks

  • Paola Verlicchi

Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Elisabetta Carraro, Silvia Bonetta, Sara Bonetta
    Pages 1-16
  3. Tiago S. Oliveira, Mustafa Al Aukidy, Paola Verlicchi
    Pages 17-32
  4. Yves Perrodin, Frédéric Orias
    Pages 33-47
  5. Silwan Daouk, Nathalie Chèvre, Nathalie Vernaz, Youssef Daali, Sandrine Fleury-Souverain
    Pages 49-69
  6. Carlos Escudero-Oñate, Laura Ferrando-Climent, Sara Rodríguez-Mozaz, Lúcia H. M. L. M. Santos
    Pages 71-100
  7. Teofana Chonova, Jérôme Labanowski, Agnès Bouchez
    Pages 135-152
  8. Silvia Venditti, Kai Klepiszewski, Christian Köhler
    Pages 153-169
  9. Mustafa Al Aukidy, Saeb Al Chalabi, Paola Verlicchi
    Pages 171-188
  10. Sara Rodriguez-Mozaz, Daniel Lucas, Damià Barceló
    Pages 189-208
  11. Marina Badia-Fabregat, Isabel Oller, Sixto Malato
    Pages 209-230
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 239-243

About this book


This volume addresses hospital effluents in terms of their composition and the management and treatment strategies currently (being) adopted around the globe. In this context, one major focus is on pharmaceutical compounds: their observed concentration range, ecotoxicological effects, and the removal efficiency achieved by the different technologies. Another focus is on management strategies (dedicated hospital wastewater treatment, or a combined approach also involving urban wastewater) and currently adopted treatments to reduce the released pollutant load. Innovative and promising technologies under investigation at the lab and pilot scale are presented. A discussion of remaining knowledge gaps and future research requirements rounds out the coverage.

The respective chapters, written by experts in the different fields, provide useful information for a broad audience: scientists involved in the management and treatment of hospital effluents and wastewater containing micropollutants, administrators and decision-makers, legislators involved in the authorization and management of healthcare structure effluents, and environmental engineers involved in the design of wastewater treatment plants, as well as newcomers and students interested in these issues.


Water pollutants Hospital effluents Ecotoxicity Pharmaceuticals Genotoxicity Wastewater treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Paola Verlicchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringUniversity of Ferrara FerraraItaly

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