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Why hospitals are beginning to reuse or recycle masks, IV bags, drills they used to throw out – CBC

by tumpa on March 8, 202140 Views

Doctors, companies are finding ways to reuse or recycle more medical supplies

Mar 06, 2021

It may not be intuitive, but safely reusing medical equipment that has been previously used by doctors or patients can help hospitals save on health care costs, prevent supply shortages and have beneficial knock-on effects for the whole population, say some doctors.

It could also potentially make a dent in the mountains of hospital waste generated each year. In Canada alone, non-hazardous hospital waste could amount to nearly 300 tonnes a day.

Dr. Andrea MacNeill, a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital is one of several doctors across Canada trying to make the shift from the single-use and disposable equipment hospitals rely on to more reusable masks, gowns and surgical supplies.

They’re also finding ways to recycle single-use items, such as oxygen masks, IV bags and tubing.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/reuse-recycling-hospitals-ppe-1.5936823

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