April 1, 2017 | By: Bill Scott
From the April issue of DOTmed Healthcare Business News magazine

Operating rooms (ORs) are one of the leading contributors to a health system’s medical waste and supply chain spend. Health systems, large and small, that focus on implementing green initiatives in their OR have made significant strides in achieving financial and environmental sustainability in recent years. Practice Greenhealth examined this topic in its 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report. One initiative that showed the largest impact in terms of cost savings was single-use device (SUD) reprocessing, helping some health systems achieve an annual savings of more than $12,500 per OR. What’s exciting about this initiative is that there are opportunities to expand those savings even further.