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Y ou have the power to create an environmentally respon- sible surgical facility, and you won't have to install rooftop gardens, solar panels or water-free urinals to do so. Your greening efforts can start and stop in your oper- ating rooms, home of the energy-sucking overhead lights and land of the clean waste that somehow ends up in red bags. Here are some simple ideas you can implement today that will instantly make your facility a little more environ- mentally responsible. Segregating waste ORs generate an enormous amount of waste, most of which is generated before the patient enters the room, which means it's considered clean waste and recyclable. This includes plastic packaging and disposable instruments, drapes and gowns, and maybe even a pack of opened but unused sponges from a canceled case that took a wrong turn to the landfill. If you don't have an intraoperative G O I N G G R E E N Tips for the Sensible steps you can take today to shrink your carbon footprint. 6 0 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | J U N E 2 0 1 4 OSE_1406_part2_Layout 1 6/13/14 11:40 AM Page 60

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