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Healthcare Organizations Strive for Balance Between Keeping It Green and Keeping It Real

Not only does reprocessing SUD’s reduce waste but it results in significant cost savings. Typically, hospitals and surgery centers can attain a $15,000 to $25,000 annual savings for every active operating room that they have through reprocessing single use devices. (Source: http://www.amdr.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Business-Case-for-Reprocessing-for-web.pdf). As of 2008, 70 percent of U.S hospitals had a contract with third-party reprocessing companies. (Source: https://practicegreenhealth.org/sites/default/files/upload-files/gorimpmod-meddevicerepr_r5_web_0.pdf).

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Becker’s Hospital Review: “The Ins and Outs of Third Party Reprocessing”

The lifespan of medical devices is growing longer as more and more hospitals are turning to device reprocessing to cut costs, reduce waste and maximize potential use of these items.

Millions of single-use devices are used daily in healthcare facilities across the country. Instead of throwing away devices after use, third-party reprocessors refurbish them back to original manufacturer specifications so hospitals can reuse them, saving money and eliminating waste while still assuring clinical quality and safety for patients.

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‘Singled out’ – Dan Vukelich, of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors, examines issues surrounding ‘single use’ devices, the opportunities available for the reprocessing of these devices in the EU and how it can learn from the US experience…

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Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s 2013 Milestone Report Shows Sustainability Trends Catching on Among U.S. Hospitals

On August 6, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) released its 2013 Milestone Report, which shows that more leading hospitals are adopting innovative sustainability practices to reduce their environmental footprint, lower costs and improve the health of patients and staff.
Launched in April 2012, HHI is a national campaign to promote a more sustainable business model for health care while addressing the health and environmental impacts of the industry.
“Hospitals nationwide are transforming their purchasing practices to avoid toxic chemicals, buy healthier food and beverages and become energy efficient and less wasteful,” said Gary Cohen, president of HCWH and founder of HHI. “This report shows that clear trends have emerged and innovative hospitals are implementing strategies to reduce costs, improve their environmental performance and support broader environmental health goals.”
The report notes continued support for reprocessing:
  • Hospitals continued to move away from disposing of medical devices after one use. More than $45 million was saved as a result of single-use medical device reprocessing, a 33 percent increase in 2012.
To learn more about the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, or to download a copy of the full report,

Symposium: Greening the OR

The Greening the OR Symposium celebrates progress and milestones made on the journey to promoting environmentally friendly practices in the operating room and invites new thinking in innovative ideas to overcome our challenges, and strategies that will result in new areas to address to drive further progress.

During the course of a one day workshop, discussion will cover strategies in the OR to reduce the environmental footprint and how to engage key stakeholders to make lasting changes. Topics will include energy and water reduction, waste minimization, environmentally preferable purchasing, and more.

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Hospitals implement new recycling program to “green the operating room”

Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) and Emory University Hospital (EUH) are going green, thanks to a new comprehensive waste management plan. The hospitals are on a mission to reduce and divert waste by implementing a new recycling program in the operating rooms (ORs) and other patient care areas.

Emory Healthcare, which includes seven hospitals, and Emory University have a combined goal of diverting landfill waste by 65 percent across all of Emory by 2015 through sophisticated recycling and composting programs. Emory University Hospital Midtown kicked off the recycling program in May, and Emory University Hospital is just beginning its new recycling efforts.

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Wisconsin-based health system nearing ‘total energy independence’

For Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin, energy efficiency and sustainability nirvana is within sight. Gundersen projects that before the end of the year it will achieve total energy independence, making it the first U.S. healthcare system to do so, its leaders say. Gundersen, which includes four hospitals and about 75 medical and specialty clinics serving patients in three states, started a program called Envision that provided a broad strategy to offset its energy consumption through conservation and renewable energy projects, most involving local businesses.

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Healthcare System Will Face Costs of Global Warming

“The healthcare system as a whole, knowing how much it will cost, can begin to put pressure and engage in climate discussion because [climate change] will end up driving costs. The hospitals have to be prepared, some hospitals may go out of business because there will be places where no one is left alive. Miami? Who’s going to live in Miami? The heat is rising, the water is rising … who’s going to move the [healthcare] personnel [to another less hot state]? Will North Dakota build bigger hospitals to take up the surge of people who are moving up there?

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Johns Hopkins Researcher: “Climate change on hospitals is often overlooked”

The United States healthcare system must prepare for climate change‘s impact, Al Sommer, M.D., dean emeritus of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, told Kaiser Health News in an interview. The effect of climate change on hospitals is often overlooked, Sommer told KHN. In heavily populated areas, excessive heat could lead to situations similar tothe 1995 Chicago heat wave, when 700 people died in a one-week period.

Sommer helped oversee development of a report released this week, “American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States,” which examines the effects of climate change on economics, and elaborated on the ramifications to the healthcare system.

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Shrinking Your Carbon Footprint: The Green Operating Room

You have the power to create an environmentally responsible surgical facility, and you won’t have to install rooftop gardens, solar panels or water-free urinals to do so. Your greening efforts can start and stop in your operating rooms, home of the energy-sucking overhead lights and land of the clean waste that somehow ends up in red bags. Here are some simple ideas you can implement today that will instantly make your facility a little more environmentally responsible . . .

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