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What's the Harm? - December 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 8 O U T P A T 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 | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 Going Green Can Save You Green 10 ways that environmental stewardship can really pay off. G oing green is the right thing to do for the environ- ment, but taking steps to reduce your facility's carbon footprint can also result in significant returns on eco- friendly invest- ments. Here are 10 ways you can save big by reprocessing, reorganiz- ing, reducing and recycling. 1. Reprocess SUDs When you outsource the sterile processing of single-use devices (SUD) to government-regulated third-party vendors, you buy back the devices at typically half the original cost. In 2014, hospitals with sin- gle-use-device reprocessing programs saved an average of $130,286, with additional savings in lower waste disposal fees, according to Practice Greenhealth's 2015 Sustainability Benchmark Report (osmag.net/CmGy6Z). The University of Washington Hospitals in Seattle diverted 5.8 tons of waste and saved $496,123 in 2008 by reprocessing more than 100 different SUDs. B U S I N E S S A D V I S O R Julie Moyle, MSN, RN z FLOW CHART Direct-to- drain fluid waste management systems limit the amount of costly regulated medical waste.

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