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Helping Hand - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - July 2019

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8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 1 9 Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That W hen I noticed patients who visited our hospital's emer- gency department carried their personal belongings home in single-use plastic bags, I knew there had to be a more sustainable solution. That's when I decided to make tote bags out of used blue wrap, mounds of which pile up in our surgical department. Melissa Bonassisa, RDMS, supervisor of the hospital's medical imag- ing department and a member of our hospital's green team, collects the blue wrap and passes it along to me. I can make about a half- dozen bags in an hour, although we're organizing a sewing club of vol- unteers to increase production levels. (Editor's note: Build your own bags by downloading Tami's step-by-step pictorial guide at outpa- Turn Blue Wrap Into Blue Tote Bags PURPOSEFUL REPURPOSE

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