Health Facilities Management

November 2012

Hospitals committed to sustainability increased their savings substantially in 2011 compared to the previous year, largely by expanding tried-and-true conservation actions that cut waste and use of resources.

The 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report recently released by Practice Greenhealth, Reston, Va., shows that the 149 hospitals that qualified as the organization’s 2012 Environmental Excellence Award winners saved a combined $55 million in 2011 by cutting waste in several operational areas.

…The $18.3 million in savings through SUD reprocessing was the most in any single category, and represents a 35 percent increase from the $11.8 million saved in 2010, says Hill. Pulse oximeters, compression sleeves and catheters were the most commonly reprocessed devices…

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