As our world grows more connected, there is an increasing need for the environmental care. As we share this planet, we all have a responsibility to leave this world better than the way we found it. This value of care for the environment is one that links directly to the care that doctors have for their patients. The following tips will show, how to make doctor’s office and nurses as well as medical teams more eco-friendly.
- Say YES to sustainable materials: Doctors use latex gloves and other non-biodegradable materials in daily duties. Such materials cannot be replaced easily. But, some products like Styrofoam is made from polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic. It can easily be replaced as an ennvironment-friendly alternative. Food in Styrofoam containers can be contaminated by chemicals that leach into the food, affecting health. So, minimise the utilization of these plastics in break rooms. Since many types of waste are produced in a clinic or hospital, it is very important to make office eco-friendly by making use of more sustainable materials wherever possible.
- Use cotton towels: Another way to reduce waste within the clinic is to use reusable cotton towels than disposable plastic bibs. Cloth sterilization wraps and pouches and reusable cloth bibs are becoming a popular option in many medical practices. In addition to this, use reusable cloth towels in bathrooms rather than paper towels for hand drying.
- Eliminate mercury-containing equipment: Physicians can also aim to eliminate all mercury from their practices. Replace mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers with non-mercury alternatives or mercury-free products and dispose these mercury products mre carefully.
- Opt electronic-prescribing: E-prescribing is growing rapidly and it is a prescriber's ability to send an accurate, error-free and understandable prescription in an electronic format either directly or through an e-prescribing network . It helps patient to access medication history during the prescribing process that gives providers better information about home medications and medicines prescribed by other physicians. This is faster and safer than using paper prescription pads and becoming paperless is a change that adds benefit to medical office, lowers impact on the environment, and can potentially improve the level of care provided to patients.
Reducing Medical waste: Many medical offices generate a large amount of medical waste daily. The waste generated includes a broad range of materials like needles, chemicals, blood, body parts, razor blades, broken tubes, suction devices, gloves, gowns, syringes, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and saturated dressings. Various separate bins are designated for regular trash, recyclables and medical waste. Educating staff on what constitutes medical waste can result in less material requiring burning. However, medical waste costs more to dispose of than office waste. Thus, there is also a financial incentive to keep such waste to a minimum