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Compounding Disaster - July 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J U l y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 9 E ver wonder what to do with the mounds of blue wrap left over at the end of a week's worth of surgery? We partnered with the sewing club at a nearby high school to transform leftover wrap into drawstring bags, tarps, bedrolls and ponchos that we then distribute to homeless in the community. Our surgical team gathers a portion of the blue wrap set aside for recycling, checks to make sure it's not contaminated and removes leftover tape. I then drive it over to the high school, visit with the students and pick up any items they've completed. The homeless truly appreciate receiv- ing the water-resistant articles, and the high school sewing team, which does an amazing job, feels great about helping out the less fortunate. We feel good, too, knowing that our health network is repurposing with a purpose. Katie Velekei lehigh Valley Health Network Allentown, Pa. katie.velekei@lvhn.org Turn Blue Wrap Into Bags, Bedrolls for the Homeless • LOCAL HEROES The sewing club at Dieruff High School in Allentown, Pa., with Brett Feldman, PA-C (back row, left), director of Lehigh Valley Health Network's Street Medicine program. Lehigh Valley Health Network

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