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Creating healthy retail food environments in health care facilities

  • Food
  • Food Service
Hospital workers experience an 8.6 percent higher burden of illnesses such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and obesity than the general U.S. workforce. Although patient meals are carefully calibrated for their nutritional profile and tailored for specific diets, food and beverages sold in hospital retail settings are often out of line with dietary recommendations. There are…

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Environmental considerations for reusable textiles (gowns, scrubs, etc)

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Textile Reuse
  • Reuse, donate, or sell
  • Guide
These are suggested environmental considerations for the RFI/RFP for reusable textiles that are in addition to some of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products, V1.0. This contract category for reusable textiles covers everything from towels and blankets, staff and patient apparel, to room decor (such as curtains, drapes).

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Safer hand hygiene get started guide

  • Get Started Guide
  • Guide
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Toolkit
(Safer hand hygiene toolkit) Infection prevention and control in health care are of primary importance. Antimicrobials remain one of the most important lines of defense in the prevention of infection. However, some commonly used antimicrobials in hand hygiene products found in the health care setting, such as hand soaps, can pose hazards for employees and the environment and may increase…

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Safer Hand Hygiene

Seattle Children's Irrigation Reduction Workplan

  • Exemplary Document
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Water
  • Toolkit
  • Less Water
Seattle Children's Hospital provides an example of an irrigation assessment work plan, including findings and an action plan.

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Seattle Children's Star Commuter

  • Exemplary Document
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Employee Benefit
Before joining Seattle Children’s nine months ago as the Retail Operations manager, Star Commuter Bill Taylor hadn’t ridden the bus since high school. But after picking up his new ID badge and attending Day One, he noticed something different about Children’s compared to his previous workplaces. Here, he noticed a unique kind of commuting culture — one where most people don’t drive alone to work…

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Stanford Hospital: Sterile processing department water reduction

  • Toolkit
  • Stanford Hospital
  • Water
  • Examplary Document
(Less water toolkit) Stanford Hospital and clinics had been in the process of evaluating the renovation of the sterile processing department when they realized they could take a leadership role in water efficiency and select a solution that would give a significant amount of water back to the community. An upgrade to this equipment resulted in cost savings and a reduction in water consumption.

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Purchasing water-efficient products in health care

  • Water
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Tool
  • Purchasing
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) This is a sample of purchasing opportunities for water-efficient products to reduce water use in health care. By utilizing water-efficient equipment and materials, health care organizations can reduce the operational costs and environmental impacts associated with water usage. 

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Purchasing water-efficient products

Less water poster: Water sustains life

  • Water
  • Poster
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) This Practice Greenhealth poster says "Water sustains life. Don't waste water. Not even a drop." It can be used to support water reduction efforts at your facility. 

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Less water: Water sustains life

Less water poster: Pure water

  • Poster
  • Water
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) This Practice Greenhealth poster says "Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine. Drink to good health. Don't waste water." It can be used to support water reduction efforts at your facility. 

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Pure water poster

Less water how-to guide

  • Water
  • Guide
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) The Less water how-to guide includes a list of common water reduction practices that have helped our members achieve the goal of using less water and reusing existing water.

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Water how-to guide

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