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Title: Auditing operating room recycling: A management case report
Authors: McGain, F 
Jarosz, KM
Nguyen, MN
Bates, S
O'Shea, CJ
Keywords: Australia
Infection Control/standards
Management Audit*
Medical Waste Disposal/methods
Medical Waste Disposal/statistics & numerical data
Operating Rooms/organization & administration*
Recycling/statistics & numerical data*
Issue Date: 2015
Source: 5(3):47-50
Abstract: Much waste arises from operating rooms (ORs). We estimated the practical and financial feasibility of an OR recycling program, weighing all waste from 6 ORs in Melbourne, Australia. Over 1 week, 237 operations produced 1265 kg in total: general waste 570 kg (45%), infectious waste 410 kg (32%), and recyclables 285 kg (23%). The achieved recycling had no infectious contamination. The achieved recycling/potential recycling rate was 285 kg/517 kg (55%). The average waste disposal costs were similar for general waste and recycling. OR recycling rates of 20%-25% total waste were achievable without compromising infection control or financial constraints.
DOI: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000097
Journal Title: A & A Practice
Type: Journal Article
Affiliates: Departments of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Western Health
Study/Trial: Case Control Studies
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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