In the age of information, information travels faster than it ever has before, which is a huge benefit for everyone. It means we’re able to communicate important information over long distances and be more efficient than we ever thought possible. However, one thing that has also become more prevalent is the general public’s ability to keep a watchful eye on businesses to ensure they’re implementing ‘green’ procedures. And as a healthcare provider, you’re not let off the hook when it comes to protecting the environment. But that isn’t a bad thing, it just means you have to be more careful about how your business processes are affecting the outside world. In this blog, we’re going to talk about several ways you can make your healthcare practice more environmentally friendly.
Share your experience
One of the best ways you can create a green healthcare practice is to share your wealth of knowledge on the subject with your employees. You should make it a goal to share best practices among the industry and promote a company culture that puts green processes above environmentally unfriendly ones. One way to help with this is to follow industry-wide best practices like Greenhealth’s Greening the Operating Room Initiative. Ideally, you’ll want to start small with initiatives like this and gradually incorporate it into your practice in order to have the greatest effect. The goal is to push medical facilities into becoming more environmentally friendly.
Since operating rooms are the healthcare department with the largest amount of waste, it’s only natural to take a look at this first. According to Practice Greenhealth, around 20 to 30 percent of the waste that is produced in medical facilities is made in the operating room. This initiative is focused on determining what an operating room of the future would look like where less medical waste is produced. If you want to learn more about this project or you’d like to endorse it, visit Practice Greenhealth.
Be an efficient buyer
One simple way to make your medical practice more green is to simply understand how much you’re buying and how much you actually need. If you leave inventory management up to another employee, you may want to get more involved in this process so that you can pinpoint areas of improvement where you can eliminate some waste by not purchasing things that you don’t need. Remember things like plastic wrap are bad for the environment so if you notice that a lot of your products have this, you may want to reconsider what supplier you buy from.
One department at a time
When it comes to medical waste, there are hundreds of ways health practices can improve, so it’s important to start tackling these issues one-by-one. If you try to take it all on at once, you likely won’t see much progress. Start by pinpointing the area of your business that creates the most waste (or the most hazardous waste), and creating a plan to improve this. As you implement new procedures, make sure your staff is following them, and make sure you have some type of leadership in place to promote this culture in the workplace.
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