Let's go green
Nurses are at the front line when it comes to environmental sustainability. As an RN I see how much waste hospitals generate. The facility where I work has a "macerator" pilot program in place to help cut down on the use of plastic. This is a great innovation and should be adopted by all hospitals.
A colleague of mine proposed another great idea: the replacement of glutaraldehyde, used to disinfect various healthcare-related equipment, with a more environmentally friendly product. Glutaraldehyde is considered hazardous waste and must be neutralized prior to sewer discharge.1
I truly believe that hospitals are headed in the right direction by conserving resources, eliminating waste, and pursuing environmental sustainability.
-Aura May Olympia, RN