Reprocessing Helps Make Healthcare Safer and More Just for Everyone
These facilities are known to be a major contributor to hazardous air pollution. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1997) Additionally, current research suggests that increased temperatures due to climate change increase water and air pollutants associated with serious respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. (European Respiratory Review, 2014; Multidisciplinary Respiratory Review, 2015)
Researchers have found medical waste disposal to be causally associated with dangerous pollution, and it disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations. The current paradigm of disposability in healthcare is not only wasteful, costly, and inefficient – it is also unfair, and violates medicine’s Hippocratic oath to “do no harm.”
Reprocessing reduces emissions of greenhouse gasses and hazardous pollutants. Reprocessing makes healthcare safer, cleaner, and greener. In fact, by freeing up critical financial resources for healthcare facilities, reprocessing could allow the healthcare industry to invest in quality and accessibility of care for people of all means backgrounds.