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Going, Going Green: Earth-friendly ideas to provide health care without harm.

By Kristen Ziegler
ADVANCE for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine

Going, Going Green
Hospitals nationwide are looking good in green. More than two-thirds of health care decision makers plan to invest in energy efficiency this year. Respiratory therapists who join their hospitals' green teams can play a vital role in developing successful pollution prevention programs. They can advocate for reprocessing pulse oximeters and other medical devices, using green cleaners, and reducing medical waste.

Unique Challenge of Pharmaceuticals
As hospitals hasten to decrease their red waste output, researchers and pharmacy-based clinicians caution against over-preening the medical waste stream.

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plastic waste
Submitted by on April 6, 2017 - 9:43 am

Hello,
Where I work we do a fair amount of phlebotomies and to prepare for this we wrap all of the materials ( tourniquet, vacutainer holder, vacutainer needle, alcohol swabs and sterile 2x2)into a chux pad containing plastic. My question is addressing the waste of plastic. We virtually never get anything on the chux yet it is disposed of. I'm wondering if there is any product that could replace the chux that doesn't contain plastic? Perhaps an absorbent paper drape would do the trick just as well and all that plastic ( I'm talking 300 to 350 a month). Do you know of any such item and it's pricing?
Thank you,
Betsy Cutler RN

Photo Of
plastic waste
Submitted by on April 6, 2017 - 9:43 am

Hello,
Where I work we do a fair amount of phlebotomies and to prepare for this we wrap all of the materials ( tourniquet, vacutainer holder, vacutainer needle, alcohol swabs and sterile 2x2)into a chux pad containing plastic. My question is addressing the waste of plastic. We virtually never get anything on the chux yet it is disposed of. I'm wondering if there is any product that could replace the chux that doesn't contain plastic? Perhaps an absorbent paper drape would do the trick just as well and all that plastic ( I'm talking 300 to 350 a month). Do you know of any such item and it's pricing?
Thank you,
Betsy Cutler RN

Photo Of
plastic waste
Submitted by on April 6, 2017 - 9:44 am

Hello, Where I work we do a fair amount of phlebotomies and to prepare for this we wrap all of the materials ( tourniquet, vacutainer holder, vacutainer needle, alcohol swabs and sterile 2x2)into a chux pad containing plastic. My question is addressing the waste of plastic. We virtually never get anything on the chux yet it is disposed of. I'm wondering if there is any product that could replace the chux that doesn't contain plastic? Perhaps an absorbent paper drape would do the trick just as well and all that plastic ( I'm talking 300 to 350 a month). Do you know of any such item and it's pricing? Thank you, Betsy Cutler RN

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