Author Archives: Paul Rivers

Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal and Best Management Practices (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of our series on Pharmaceutical Waste, we discussed the EPA Draft Proposal to add hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to the Universal Waste Rule.   In Part 2, we discuss methods for reducing the quantity of pharmaceutical wastes generated in … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal and Best Management Practices (Part 1 of 2)

In recent years, trace pharmaceutical wastes have been detected in waterways and drinking water in many metropolitan cities throughout this country.   The risks posed by these pollutants are not entirely known.   Of foremost concern are the potential for human resistance … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 6

In this final entry in our 6-part series on hospital sustainability, we will discuss food, chemicals, commuting, pest management, recycling “blue wrap” and “single stream” recycling. Here are links to the previous five parts in the series: Green Team and … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 5

Energy Conservation Green Medical Center replaced over 3,000 incandescent lamps with LED lamps, reducing electrical usage substantially.   Occupancy sensors were installed in conference rooms.   Exit signs were replaced with LED lamps.   4-foot fluorescent tubes were changed from T12 to … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 4

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Green Medical Center (our fictitious hospital which is based on a Philadelphia-area hospital), through its Green Team, Purchasing Department and employees are encouraged by hospital administration to purchase the safest, least toxic and most environmentally friendly products … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 3

Red Bag Waste (RBW) Prior to 2005, at Green Medical Center (our fictitious hospital which is based on an actual Philadelphia-area hospital), all waste generated in every patient room was handled and treated as infectious waste.   The waste was placed … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 2

After attending a Clean Med Conference in 2004, the Hospital Safety Officer at Green Medical Center (our fictitious hospital which is based on an actual Philadelphia-area hospital) had learned about Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (a vinyl plasticizer that was used to … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability, Part 1

This post is the first in a several part series that will focus on sustainability (green) efforts at a large hospital in the Philadelphia area, which we’ll call Green Medical Center.   In this series, I’ll discuss the economic, environmental, health … Continue reading

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Healthcare Environmental Issues and Opportunities

The healthcare industry affects the lives of virtually everyone in the United States.  According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), healthcare expenditures will account for approximately 17% of the Gross Domestic Product this year.  Many activities in … Continue reading

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