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Upcoming Webinars from Practice GreenHealth
December 20, 2011, 11:06 am
Filed under: News

Green Operations Series: Greening Sharps Management and Disposal: This webinar is scheduled for January 12th, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

Hospitals generate approximately 26.8 pounds of waste per staffed bed per day. Practice Greenhealth award winning facilities, on average, segregate 9% of that as potentially infectious material, or regulated medical waste. A subset of this 9% is sharps waste – that is, anything that can cut or puncture the skin. Proper sharps management is a regulatory, safety, infection control and environmental issue. Whether using disposable, recyclable or reusable sharps containers, hospitals benefit from a close scrutiny of this process to improve efficiency, safety and associated costs.

Learn about sharps management and hear two case studies – one with a reusable sharps management program and one that recycles both the container and its contents. Join us and bring your team!

This webinar is brought to you through an educational grant from BD   
Greening the OR: Reusable Hard Cases for Surgery: This webinar is scheduled for February 9th, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
Disposable blue sterile wrap, made of polypropylene plastic (#5) , is used to wrap kits for different procedures prior to sterilization and delivery to the surgery suite. After the kit is opened, the sterile blue wrap is thrown away, creating approximately 19% of the waste generated in surgical services . Hospitals have explored a variety of mechanisms for reducing blue wrap waste including recycling this plastic at some sites. But beyond recycling, there is a viable option for source reduction of this material. As a mechanism to reduce the waste generated by blue wrap, and avoid new purchase costs for blue wrap, many organizations are opting to purchase reusable rigid metal sterilization cases to replace the blue wrap. These containers are sterilized and then brought to the OR on the supply cart and generate no waste-except for the occasional filter. While there is an up-front financial investment for the reusable sterilization cases, the payback period is often short, as avoided costs for blue wrap purchase and avoided waste disposal fees quickly add up. Come and hear from hospitals who have made the transition to reusable hard cases for surgical kits and learn more about the business case for moving your organization in this direction.

These webinars are FREE for Practice Greenhealth members and $99 for non-members.  Go to  to register.


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