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AORN Journal: Reducing Medical Waste

By Julie Conrady, RN, MSN, CNOR; Mart Hillanbrand, RN, MSN, CNOR;
Sandra Myers, RN, MSN, CNOR; George F. Nussbaum, RN, EdM, PhD, CNOR
Researchers conducted a comparison project in the ORs of two large medical centers to evaluate the effects of using reusable surgical items in place of disposable products. Survey results indicated that surgeons and surgical technologists found the reusable products preferable to the disposable products. In addition, reusable products provided a means to decrease regulated medical waste generated in the OR by an average of 65%. AORN J 91 (June 2010) 711-721. © AORN, Inc, 2010. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2009.12.029