Greening the OR

Virtual cohort group

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A typical OR can make up half of a hospital’s aggregate costs, produce 33% of a facility’s waste, consume more energy per square foot than any other area of the hospital. Our Greening the OR experts host sessions to uncover new or best practice strategies in cost savings and efficiency improvement practices. Solutions discussed focus on not only maintaining quality patient care but also supporting staff and environmental health.

Target audience: sustainability leads, ambulatory services, operating room, physicians, and other personnel working on initiatives to make the operating room more efficient and health for all

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Julie Moyle Facilitator:
Julie Moyle, RN, MSN
Contact: jmoyle@practicegreenhealth.org
   
Kaeleigh Sheehan Facilitator:
Kaeleigh Sheehan
Contact: ksheehan@practicegreenhealth.org

 

 

“MSK recognizes the outsized environmental footprint that our surgical suites can have compared to other areas. We engage in ongoing collaboration in pursuing innovation and advancing sustainable practices around processes that support MSK’s mission and provide the best cancer care to every person we treat.” – Shane Dunne, sustainability manager, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 

There are more than twenty hospitals participating in this cohort from around the country. Below are some of the facilities represented in the cohort:

  • Advocate Aurora Health
  • Atrium Health
  • Allina Health
  • Aspirus
  • BJC Healthcare
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • PeaceHealth
  • Providence Health
  • Ridgeview Medical Center
  • Rush University
  • St. John's Medical Center
  • Stanford Health Care
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • The George Washington University Hospital
  • University of Utah
  • UVM Health Network
  • UW Health
  • UW Medicine - Harborview Medical Center
  • Vail Health

 

2022 Schedule

March 28, 2022 3:30 PM EST

Topic: Clinician campaigns in the OR

Discussion questions:

  1. What learning methodologies are used when providing climate and health education to clinicians?  
  2. Describe a sustainability initiative in the OR that was driven by front-line staff.
July 11, 2022 3:30 PM EST 

Topic: Transition to reusables - linen utilization survey  

Discussion questions:

  1. How are you coordinating or collaborating with key stakeholders (i.e., infection prevention, EVS, laundry services, OR/SPD staff) when reviewing reusable vs. disposable products? 
  2. Which reusable product has been the easiest/most successful to transition to?  
  3. What has been the most effective messaging/rationale for converting to reusables?
September 26, 2022 3:30 PM EST 

Topic: Reusable sterilization containers - leveraging vendor relationships   

Discussion questions:

  1. Which healthcare organizations currently require vendors to supply rigid sterilization containers for vendor loaner instrument trays? 
  2. How has your facility leveraged vendors, partners, contracts to support implementation or ongoing efforts?
November 28, 2022 3:30 PM EST

Topic: Nitrous oxide and anesthetic gas capture technologies 

Discussion questions:

  1. Has your organization benchmarked and conducted a nitrous oxide inventory? 
  2. What rationale do you think would be most important to justify purchasing an anesthetic gas capture system at your organization?

Recent session presentation

GOR October 2021 The session focused on defining what circular economy means and showcasing early success from PeaceHealth.  A discussion followed to identify additional opportunities to apply circular thinking in the OR. Attendees saw product design as one of the most important elements of a circular economy and touched on ways to work with supplier to become more circular as well as what extended producer responsibility (EPR) means and how policy can support a focus on recycling infrastructure and product stewardship.

 

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Sessions take place on a recurring basis using Zoom as the meeting platform. To join this cohort or any of the other cohorts, please register today. If you have discussion topic ideas or want to invite a peer, please contact the cohort facilitator. 

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