Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is this year’s Greening the OR Award winner.

The OR is a large contributor to a health care facility’s environmental footprint, but health systems nationwide are transforming their surgical suites through environmental innovation. This year, Practice Greenhealth is pleased to recognize Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) for its outstanding efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the surgical environment….

…D-H also has success with its single-use device (SUD) reprocessing program. In 2014, D-H saw significant growth in collection compliance of multiple noninvasive devices (pulse oximeters, ECG leads, DVT sleeves, blood pressure cuffs) along with an improvement in buy-back compliance of external-fixation devices. The team diverted more than nine tons of SUDs from the OR, Cath/EP labs and patient care areas for a savings of $8,758 in avoided waste disposal costs and $211,726 in the purchase of reprocessed devices…

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