Ten-step guide to implementing an integrated pest management program


One of the most important responsibilities of any health care provider can be captured best by four wellknown words from the writings of Hippocrates: “First, do no harm.” Adhering to that maxim is intuitive and ethical, and in recent years has led to a variety of programs to improve not only the tools and techniques of modern medicine, but also the health care environment itself.

One of the most important of these initiatives, reflected by environmentally friendly, or “green” programs in hospitals across the country, is chemical reduction. By eliminating or at least reducing toxic chemicals— including pesticides—in our health care facilities, we create a safer environment for patients and staff.


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