AORN Recommended Practices for Environmental Responsibility

This document is intended to guide perioperative registered nurses in the development of environmentally responsible practices. This guidance document addresses: 

  • infectious and non-infectious waste management,
  • recycling practices,
  • resource conservation,
  • supply conservation and management practices,
  • reprocessing, reuse, repair and refurbishing,
  • sterilization and disinfection, and
  • construction for efficiency and conservation.