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Reprocessing Key For Greening The OR

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 6:17am

Ascent recently announced its sponsorship of a new initiative from Practice Greenhealth – The Symposium For Greening The OR, which will take place on April 27 in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s the first phase of an initiative that hopes to gather a select group of thought leaders from throughout the healthcare industry to discuss strategies for waste reduction and cost savings in operating rooms. The reprocessing of single use medical devices will be at the top of the agenda.

The symposium comes at a time when medical device reprocessing and re-manufacturing is gaining significant attention as a way for hospitals to reduce waste and cut costs. A commentary from Johns Hopkins in the March issue of Academic Medicine recommends reprocessing, noting that approximately 25 percent of hospitals are already using reprocessing as a means for curbing costs while reducing their environmental footprint.

The OR is the largest waste-generating department in the hospital and a huge cost-center for materials, devices and supplies. At the symposium, representatives from major hospital systems and individual hospitals, professional organizations and government agencies will not only identify opportunities for greening the OR, but will also outline implementation strategies and suggestions for overcoming barriers.

They will discuss ratings systems to help leaders make decisions regarding investment, ROI, worker health and safety benefits, and the level of staff participation required for success.

For more information on the event and the next phases of this initiative from Practice Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.

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