Hospital Sustainability, Part 6

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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 Mercury Elimination DEHP Elimination and Green Hospital Initiative Red Bag Waste Reduction Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Reprocessed Medical Devices Energy …

Hospital Sustainability, Part 5

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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 T8, saving additional energy. The hospital was awarded a $3 Million matching grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection …

Hospital Sustainability, Part 4

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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 and services available.   The hospital was honored in 2006 with the EPA Trailblazer Award for demonstrating leadership in reducing waste, …

Hospital Sustainability, Part 3

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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 in a single large infectious waste container.   Additionally, all waste generated in each bathroom was also handled and treated as …

Hospital Sustainability, Part 2

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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 manufacture many IV bags and IV tubes).   DEHP is a toxin known to cause reproductive changes in the organs …

Hospital Sustainability, Part 1

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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 and public relations benefits gained from committing to a sustainability program.   Many hospitals have been quietly, but actively, engaged in …

Healthcare Environmental Issues and Opportunities

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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 the healthcare industry result in land, water or air pollution.  Much of the waste is recyclable and consists of paper, …

Notes from Practice Greenhealth’s CleanMed 2010 Annual Conference

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(reBlogged from Codgell Spencer ERDMAN) CleanMed’s mission is to “Accelerate the health care sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability and regenerative health to improve the health of people and the environment.” I recently returned from Baltimore after attending Practice Greenhealth’s annual conference CleanMed 2010. The three day gathering attracted more than 800 participants; representing healthcare administrators, facility directors, physicians, clinicians and …

EES Hospital Environmental Compliance Program

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EES Hospital Environmental Compliance Program Here are the steps we follow when assisting hospitals in ensuring compliance with environmental regulations: Stage 1: Compliance Audit Our comprehensive environmental audit tool helps hospitals and healthcare facilities identify and isolate potential infringements on federal, state and local requirements, while simultaneously enabling us to recognize areas in which a facility has room for improvement …

USP 797 for Compounding Sterile Preparations

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On March 3, 2010, I attended a webinar hosted by Emlab P&K (http://www.emlab.com).  The topic related to USP 797 and was presented by Joseph Manfrida PhD.  For those not familiar with USP 797, here is a brief outline of what it is and how Environmental and Engineering Solutions can help you comply. USP 797 is a set of guidelines for …