At Helsingborg's hospital, the doctors have slimmed down a set of disposable products. By removing unnecessary tools and replacing disposable with reusable items, they reduce the flow of plastic in the operating theatres.
The healthcare sector in the United States accounts for 8.5% of national carbon emissions. Hospitals use enormous amounts of energy to provide nonstop care for patients. In North Carolina, some hospital systems are starting their work to become more sustainable.
The changes remove redundancies and obsolete measures from the accreditation process and make room for new standards on health equity, environmental sustainability, infection control and workforce development.
When military facilities faced a national shortage of an essential mobility aid, they launched a grassroots initiative that not only ensured patient care, but also created a new waste reduction model within the DHA.
Exposure to micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) is inevitable due to their omnipresence in the environment. A growing body of studies has advanced our understanding of the potential toxicity of MNPs but knowledge gaps still exist regarding the adverse effects of MNPs on the cardiovascular system and underlying mechanisms, particularly in humans.
Allison Guy, a longtime writer and communicator in the environmental nonprofit space, and Andy Damián-Correa, a student majoring in bilingual Spanish journalism at San Francisco State University, will join our team for summer.