This document is intended to guide perioperative registered nurses in the development of environmentally responsible practices. This guidance document addresses:
As policymakers seek to rein in the nation’s escalating health care costs, one area deserving attention is the health system’s costly environmental footprint. This study examines data from selected hospitals that have implemented programs to reduce energy use and waste and achieve operating room supply efficiencies. After standardizing metrics across the hospitals studied and generalizing results to hospitals nationwide, the analysis finds that savings achievable through these interventions could exceed $5.4 billion over five years and $15 billion over 10 years.
The chapters in this document are a proposal for change. Each one describes a problem area and proposes solutions based on the existing experience of healthcare providers. Each paper also includes resources that provide additional information on the topic. It is the ambitious hope of the SHEA co-sponsors that every reader will create institutional change and produce educational resources that make the information in this book out-of-date.