Commentary: For an environmentally friendly supply chain, what we buy matters

By Jeffrey Brown

Most hospitals know that the selection of products they buy can have a tremendous impact on their sustainability performance. Creating a more sustainable hospital starts in large part with changing the products and supplies that come through the front door and leave as waste through the back door.

Another example of smart EPP practices took place at Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle where they reduced supply cost by $3 million in three years by reprocessing single-use devices rather than disposing of them. Product designs and purchase contract terms that promote reprocessing are, again, the result of supply chain collaboration.

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