A Strategy to Reduce Regulated Medical Waste in Hospitals Public Deposited
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- Background Hospitals produce substantial amounts of waste daily, which causes environmental and economic impacts. Operating rooms account for much of this production. As this waste is produced, it must be separated and placed into containers that are later removed for disposal and if necessary, undergo treatment. The different treatments are dependent on the types of waste and whether it is infectious or not. Identifying and selecting the correct containers is a crucial step in the disposal process. If items are placed into the incorrect container, there are likely to be increased costs for removal and treatment. More specifically, inappropriate material placement into regulated medical waste (RMW) containers significantly contributes to these costs. Methodology The waste disposal practices of anesthesia providers and operating room staff at a rural hospital in Indiana were examined over four weeks. During the implementation period, participants’ waste practices were guided by waste disposal prompts that were placed on the RMW sharps container within the three ORs at Adams Memorial Hospital (AMH). Utilizing a digital scale provided by the facility, containers were weighed weekly and compared from the pre-implementation and implementation period. Findings Results from this project revealed a 68% reduction in RMW volume following the conclusion of the implementation period. This reduction in volume yielded a potential annual savings of $7,296 for AMH. Conclusions/Implications This project provided AMH with a simple, cost-saving measure for healthcare facilities. The future opportunity for these types of cost-saving initiatives is unlimited and could be implemented system-wide to further increase annual savings.
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