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OSE_1303_part2_Layout 1 2/7/13 4:28 PM Page 107 S U S T A I N A B L E H S U C C E S S ere are 6 examples of how sustainability efforts — "going green," if you will — can improve the care you provide and save your facility money, all the while benefiting the envi- ronment. 1. Direct fluid waste To appreciate the pluses of direct-to-drain fluid waste management, first consider the alternative. Without it, your staff must carry filled containers to a sink and pour the contents down the drain or solidify the waste for disposal in red bags. Potential splashing during disposal increases risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Slip, trip and fall risks are also heightened during the transport of full — and heavy — containers from the point of use to the hopper. Finally, some solidifiers used to prep fluid waste for red bag disposal include chemicals such as glutaraldehyde — a known sensitizer — and registered disinfectants, so they have their own employee-exposure issues. Fluid waste management systems that dock or link to sanitary sewer systems eliminate staff's having to manually empty canisters, which reduces risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure and speeds the waste disposal process. Facilities also tout the intangible employee satisfaction benefits realized when staff members no longer carry heavy containers to disposal areas. Anesthesiologists also prefer to use the systems because they can often get a more accurate reading of patient fluid loss during surgery. F E B R U A R Y 2013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E 1 0 7

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