Implementation Module: Rigid Sterilization Containers in the OR


The operating room generates a large volume of disposable plastics, ranging from single-use medical devices to packaging to sterile wrap to plastic pour bottles for irrigation. The vast majority of these items go out the door as waste—either with regulated medical waste (where comprehensive segregation efforts have not yet been undertaken) or as solid waste or recycling. More efficient than disposing of waste in the least impactful way is preventing generation of waste altogether, and evaluating the potential to transition some items from disposable to reusable while still ensuring infection prevention and protection patient safety. In addition to generating less material altogether, other benefits of reusables include reduced labor and time for waste management and transport. 

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