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Unsung Heroes - November 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 5 GOING GREEN Hanging Recycling Bags Saves Space A re you sure your staff is diverting recyclable mate- rials from white bag waste? For 2 weeks I gathered and weighed recycling bags filled dur- ing procedures, and analyzed the contents to determine if all of the items in the bags were recyclable. I discovered staff was contaminat- ing nearly 50% of the recycling materials with trash, leading to 600 pounds of recycling unneces- sarily going to the landfill. Our sur- gical team said they wanted to recycle items, but there wasn't enough space in the smallish ORs of our older hospital for recycling bins. That's when I decided to hang blue recycling bags from white hooks attached to the wall and pre- sented the idea at a staff meeting. Members of the surgical team bought into the concept and began to find creative ways — tying the bags to suction cords or trash containers — to hang the bags to free up floor space. I took pictures of where their hanging spots and emailed them to the rest of the team. After a few months, I again col- lected the recycling bags filled during procedures and discovered we only contaminated 2% of items that should be recycled. Barbara Bevan-Abel, RN University of California San Francisco (Calif.) Medical Center barbara.bevan-abel@ucsf.edu • HANGING AROUND Barbara Bevan-Abel, RN, made it a mis- sion to provide a convenient, space-saving recycling option. Barbara Bevan-Abel, RN

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