A questionnaire survey was conducted to investigate the problems involved in the infectious waste recovery at
home-visit nursing stations. 1965 nursing stations were selected randomly, and questionnaires were sent to them. Nurses
at 1314 stations (66.9%) responded to the survey and responses from 1283 stations were identified as suitable for analysis
after excluding 26 stations that closed and five stations whose main field of care was psychiatry. Nursing stations using an
automobile mainly were classified as “Auto stations” and all others were classified as “non-Auto stations”. Auto station
nurses were more concerned with bad odor from waste. Non-Auto station nurses were more concerned with the physical
weight of transported waste. Thus, in order to alleviate these concerns, it is necessary to provide nurses with containers for
medical waste suited to home-visit nursing care and tools for preventing injuries.