Implementation module: Regulated medical waste segregation and minimization in the OR


The operating room (OR) is often the largest generator of waste within a hospital setting, and has been estimated to produce between 20-33% of the total waste generated in the hospital despite its diminutive spatial footprint. Of the waste generated by the OR, the largest percentage is often regulated medical waste (RMW), which can costs between 5 and 10 times more than solid waste to dispose of. Much of this cost can be avoided with proper waste segregation. 

There are several finite steps an organization can follow to set up and implement a regulatory compliant RMW segregation program.


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