Accelerate Change: Greening the OR Quickstart
Though a tiny percentage of a hospital's total physical footprint, operating rooms have a big impact on hospital budgets.
The health care sector produces 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S and hospitals represent 36% alone. And operating rooms are their hot spots for emissions, waste, and energy use. 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, and anesthetic gases alone make up around 5% of an organization’s greenhouse gas footprint. But hospitals like Boston Medical Center (BMC) are changing the norm for operating rooms, achieving a 70% decrease in energy use from the grid, and diverting 38% of waste from landfills.
Operating rooms can drive big facilities’ cost savings and efficiency improvements through smart, incremental, sustainable practices. Even more important, it’s possible to make these changes while not only maintaining quality patient care but also supporting staff and environmental health.
This engagement will consist of three distinct deliverables:
- Onsite operating room assessment and facilitated SWOT exercise and report with key OR stakeholders
- Dozens of opportunities identified for short-term and long-term wins using GOR™ Checklist tracking tool provided
- The final assessment report includes low barrier, high reward strategies to environmental improvement, and cost-saving recommendations
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