While at the ACE Summit in New Orleans, one of the most interesting presentations came from Beth Eckl of the Practice Greenhealth organization.
Practice Greenhealth creates opportunities for discussion not only on sustainability issues, but now that sustainability actually is good business practice. They facilitate these discussions on an ongoing basis.
This was very attractive to Midbrook because our reason for existence is to encourage the proper cleaning of surgical instruments to allow for effective sterilization. Effective sterilization promotes the practice of reusable devices rather than single use devices. Anything we can continue to re-use safely and effectively, not only stays out of the land fills but also decreases the costs of providing quality care.
The key is to make sure the items are cleaned effectively or they cannnot be sterilized. If they are not sterilized then they can spread infection from patient to patient during the procedure.