May 15th, 2014
Dan Vukelich will be speaking today, May 15, at CEDEST in Cartagena, Spain, “Reprocessing Single-Use Medical Devices: Experience in the U.S.”
May 12th, 2014
CleanMed will hold its 2014 conference at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio on June 2-5. CleanMed brings the nation’s preeminent healthcare leaders together with an outstanding line up of healthcare sector operations experts, sustainability staff, and health sector supporting entities for an exciting three-day conference on sustainable healthcare.
May 2nd, 2014
Maryland hospitals have a lot to be proud of. H2E’s Sustainable Victories publication highlights Johns Hopkins Bayview for increasing medical device reprocessing savings 31 percent and diverting approximately 7,000 pounds of waste from landfills. Click here for more from MD H2E.
April 30th, 2014
Healthcare Daily reports “First, do no harm” has long been the mantra of healthcare professionals who focus on the safety and well-being of their patients. But what about the environmental impact hospitals have? Improving this is a significant opportunity for providers, a move that some estimate would save the industry billions of dollars.
The U.S. healthcare sector is responsible for producing 8 percent of the country’s total carbon dioxide emissions. They also generate an average of 26 pounds of waste per patient each day, or nearly 7,000 tons.
According to a 2012 study from the University of Illinois-Chicago’s School of Public Health, the hospital industry could save $5.4 billion in five years and up to $15 billion in 10 years if it adopts sustainable practices. Among the areas for potential savings, according to that study were reducing medical waste costs through better sorting; recycling to reduce landfill waste; more efficient purchasing of OR supplies; and switching to reprocessed from single-use devices.
Hospitals and medical facilities looking to strengthen their sustainability programs are not alone. They can look to the American Hospital Association’s Sustainability Roadmap for practical resources to create a strategic plan addressing energy, waste, water, chemicals and building design sustainability, as well as tips on how to make the business case to organization leaders for “going green.”
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April 29th, 2014
The idea of moving towards a “Zero Waste” world seems too farfetched for some people on the business end of the spectrum to take seriously. Even so, consumers are starting to value businesses that are more sustainably-minded, beyond simple “greenwashing.” Many skeptics seem to think that this is some idealized, unobtainable goal, when in fact there are very reachable and accessible methods of taking a few beginning steps towards Zero Waste.
Not only do sustainability-building efforts radiate feelings of social responsibility throughout the industry, but they also put value back into waste materials that would have otherwise ended up unused in a landfill. For certain products using recycled materials for manufacturing can actually be cheaper than making new ones from virgin material.
Corporations are starting to take sustainability seriously, and consumers are noticing. Being “green conscious” not only adds value back into manufacturing-generated waste, but it exudes a level of responsibility that will resonate with consumers. A world of Zero Waste obviously won’t happen overnight, but those first few steps taken by industry-leaders can most definitely guide the way.
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