Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Medical Center Saves Costs and Resources by Greening Its ORs

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Medical Center Saves Costs and Resources by Greening Its ORs

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The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), Baltimore, has achieved significant cost-cutting by implementing key data-driven sustainability measures in its operating rooms (ORs).

The medical center saved an estimated $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR surgical kit reformulation in 2014, says Justin Graves, R.N., the medical center's sustainability manager. Additional savings were derived from more efficient energy usage, reduced medical waste and increased recycling.

The sustainability actions and related cost savings are the result of UMMC's participation in the Greening the OR initiative of Practice Greenhealth, Reston, Va.

The association's membership, which includes about 1,400 health care organizations that are committed to environmental stewardship at varying levels, provides technical resources, support and education to participating hospitals and health systems.

"UMMC got involved in this initiative because it's the right thing to do for the environment and the health of the community, and it saves money," Graves says. The medical center has participated in Practice Greenhealth sustainability initiatives since about 2007.

A key driver of cost savings is reprocessing medical equipment such as pulse oximeters and surgical instruments. …

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