Bag to Bedside: Safety, Environmental, and Waste Improvements
Article: Trust Wins Three Ways, www.inside-hospitals.co.uk
What is the article?
This article features three areas that have been improved across multiple hospitals in the UK as a result of implementing the Bag to Bedside waste optimisation system: improved patient environment, reduction in infection risk, cost savings due to proper offensive and infectious waste segregation and a decrease in clinical waste volumes.
What did we learn?
Several hospitals across the UK achieved the following:
- 50% less clinical waste volumes
- Safer and more sustainable environment for patients and staff
- Reduction in infection risk
This has led to a further diversion of around 15% of the waste that found its way into sharps containers to less expensive waste streams. It has also produced a further reduction in sharps container usage."