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Top 5 Environmental Issues Affecting Healthcare

The environmental issues affecting healthcare

Guest post by Matthew Speer With nearly 5,000 hospitals in the United States and more than 750,000 beds, medical facilities leave a tremendous environmental footprint that includes solid waste, energy consumption and disposal of biological and hazardous chemical waste. Those who manage health facilities face the same challenges to reduce, reuse and recycle, especially those overseeing large hospitals. The healthcare industry is working to shrink its environmental impact with efforts such as Practice Greenhealth and the Healthcare Environmental Resource Center. Here are some environmental issues hospitals and other healthcare providers face: Solid Waste Stacks Up Each day, hospitals produce 25 pounds of waste per patient, according to the Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals website. That comes to 7,000 tons a day …

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