January 8th, 2016
University of Maryland Med Center Boosts Efficiency, Reduces Device Expenses
by Julius A. Karash
Adopting approaches that are supported by the health care member association Practice Greenhealth, the medical center realized savings of $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR kit reformulation in 2014, says Justin Graves, R.N., the medical center’s sustainability manager.
January 8th, 2016
Most sustainability programs involve a variety of individuals—passionate people that have figured out creative ways to go green, often as volunteers and off their regular work hours. To bring your programs to the next level, you need engaged leaders. The Healthier Hospitals program has refreshed the Engaged Leadership Challenge, starting with a step-by-step approach to help make the case to leadership for their support, and then and using Healthier Hospitals goals to create a foundation for a long-term commitment.
Join Practice Greenhealth’s Janet Howard for a review of the new Challenge goals, its associated tools and step-by-step guidance on how to use the Engaged Leadership Challenge to do just that—engage leadership.
Live Sharing Call on Wed. January 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM (EST)
December 14th, 2015
By Andrew Lam, M.D., is a retinal surgeon, Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine
I’m a doctor with a miracle drug. Three of them, in fact. Their names are Avastin, Lucentis and Eylea. I use them to treat the number one cause of blindness in Americans over sixty-five: wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Calling them a miracle is no understatement. If your doctor delivers the unlucky news that you’ve developed wet AMD, it means blood vessels under your macula have started to leak or bleed, robbing you of the sight you rely on to read books, see faces, watch TV or drive.
Enter the miracle drugs—eye injections that limit those leaking submacular vessels, giving us our first treatment capable of bringing vision back. But somehow, these drugs have become among the most controversial in all of medicine.
December 9th, 2015
By Julie Moyle, MSN
Going green is the right thing to do for the environment, but taking steps to reduce your facility’s carbon footprint can also result in significant returns on eco-friendly investments. Here are 10 ways you can save big by reprocessing, reorganizing, reducing and recycling.
1. Reprocess SUDs
When you outsource the sterile processing of single-use devices (SUD) to government-regulated third-party vendors, you buy back the devices at typically half the original cost. In 2014, hospitals with single-use-device reprocessing programs saved an average of $130,286, with additional savings in lower waste disposal fees, according to Practice Greenhealth’s 2015 Sustainability Benchmark Report (osmag.net/CmGy6Z). The University of Washington Hospitals in Seattle diverted 5.8 tons of waste and saved $496,123 in 2008 by reprocessing more than 100 different SUDs.
December 9th, 2015
By Julius A. Karash
The University of Maryland Medical Center is cutting costs in a sizable way through the adoption of data-driven sustainability and energy-efficiency practices regarding its management of operating rooms and the use of medical devices.
Adopting approaches that are supported by the health care member association Practice Greenhealth, the medical center realized savings of $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR kit reformulation in 2014, says Justin Graves, R.N., the medical center’s sustainability manager. Additional savings were derived from more efficient energy usage, reduced medical waste and increased recycling.
November 20th, 2015
Washington D.C., – Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases their annual list of the Best Hospitals across the country, including the highly coveted “Honor Roll” list that distinguishes the hospitals best ranked out of nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated. This year, only 137 hospitals were ranked nationally in one or more specialties to be determined as a “Best Hospital,” and of these, 15 hospitals made the cut to be among those in the “Honor Roll.”
This year, the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) is proud to announce that its members currently serve 13 out of 15 hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” List. Further, AMDR members serve 38 of the “greenest” hospitals as listed by Becker’s Hospital Review. These is in addition to the over 1,000 European hospitals and 95 percent of German university medical centers served by AMDR members.
November 13th, 2015
Practice Greenhealth report said that diverting 92,205 tons of waste from landfills through recycling saved nearly $4 million in one year, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.
Single-use device reprocessing alone kept 873 tons from becoming medical waste.
The report summarizes the sustainability achievements of 220 hospitals and is based on the data covering performance in 2014.
Practice Greenhealth also includes how hospitals are developing effective purchasing strategies for environmentally preferred products to affect change.
November 6th, 2015
By Mary C. Long
The amount of waste that happens in a hospital setting can be staggering. Recycling items that can be recycled is smart – as is conducting studies to identify which new items could make the cut.
Health Care Communication states, “According to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, reprocessed devices can cost half as much as new devices, which improves the hospital’s bottom line without sacrificing clinical quality.” That study looked at small devices used in orthopedic surgery, but there are options for larger devices as well.
October 14th, 2015
MUNDELEIN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medline, a global medical supplies distributor and manufacturer, today announced a new agreement with Novation, a leading health care services company serving the members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista LLC. The agreement is expected to help members serviced by Novation throughout the continuum of care generate cost savings and reduce medical waste by providing single-use device reprocessing services through the Medline ReNewal Program.
…..“Medline ReNewal is dedicated to ensuring that members served by Novation are reaping the benefits of reprocessing while reducing their reliance on having to purchase new devices,…”
October 2nd, 2015
By Joshua Karliner, Director of Global Projects and International Team Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm
Every year, to simply operate, hospitals must burn through gigatons of fossil fuel energy. This doesn’t just contribute to global warming, it also creates the kind of local air pollution that kills seven million people every year. That’s more than double the toll of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. …Leading the fight against climate change is the smart thing — and the right thing — to do for a sector of society sworn to do no harm.
It’s a vicious and ironic cycle and, there is a pressing need for doctors, nurses, hospitals, and health systems around the world to respond to this emergency.