The Premier Safety Institute reports: “Greening the OR” program hopes to reign in waste costs, improve quality (09/15/10):

Greening the OR Initiative Practice Greenhealth (PGH) recently launched the Greening the OR Initiative, a sweeping program aimed at examining a range of interventions that will not only reduce the environmental impact of the OR, but also potentially reduce cost, increase quality and improve worker or patient safety.

PGH acknowledges that a number of leading healthcare institutions have begun to tackle this problem by identifying key interventions that can reduce waste, energy, worker exposure to hazardous chemicals and save money. The group states that Greening the OR is an attempt to collect data on these interventions and share them as a means to encourage widespread adoption across the healthcare sector. Greening the OR plans to explore the following interventions . . . Single-use device (SUD) reprocessing…