Greener Operations. People. Planet. Patients.
Managing the business of healthcare continues to put pressure on meeting and exceeding the bottom line in all departments. Responsible for perioperative business operations and management, you juggle a wide range of financial, supply chain, time management, and human resource skills for the successful – and efficient – delivery of quality patient care. All in a day’s work.
As the leader of the surgical department, we know these are your main priorities. We also know – because you have told us - sustainability and resource conservation is on your mind. From unused products in surgical packs, the many one-and-done single-use products, and the various colored bags of trash leaving the O.R. after every procedure. You and your OR team see the by-product of unhealthy waste that contributes to pollution as a result of delivering patient care. As one OR Manager we work with said, “Our primary responsibility is to the patient, and yet we recognize the unhealthy environmental impact of the waste and pollution generated in the OR.”
Perhaps you are not the only to take note. Is your OR staff commenting about the waste? Maybe professionals from other parts of the hospital are asking for sustainable solutions. You might be considering a kit reformulation or other waste management. You could also be concerned about staffing and the decline of people entering the medical field, and how you could attract and retain your talent.
For all those reasons we at NewGen Surgical can offer you greener operations to connect your OR with a mission – a program to commit to eliminating plastic waste - with a low conversion cost. And those newly entering the workforce love to work at a healthcare system with a mission they care about, and the employees you already have will appreciate being part of a solution to eliminate plastic waste.
Smart sustainable procurement is a key success factor in delivering the human health benefits of an Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) policy. An EPP is one of the best approaches in aligning hospital purchasing with sustainability and community needs initiatives. Learn more about our Small Change, Big Impact EPPTM program for more information.
What you buy has impact
The healthcare supply chain usually flows in one direction, from manufacturer to user to waste bin. And the current healthcare waste management process is built to accommodate the plastics-intensive supply chain. Almost everything negotiated on behalf of the hospital to provide quality patient care will end up in a waste stream generating over 12,790 tons of waste, every day, across the nation.
Hospitals are seeking products that align with the values in protecting human health and to address their contribution to pollution. New conversations are taking place with suppliers about more environmentally friendly options, chemicals of concern, supply chain transparency, total cost of ownership, and end-of-life disposal.
Better inputs, better waste management
When you buy plastic, you dispose of plastic. From the US EPA, the most environmentally and cost-effective approach to waste is source reduction and reuse. Source reduction, also referred to as pollution prevention, means any practice that reduces or eliminates waste at the source.
NewGen Surgical approaches source reduction through product redesign.
Smart Sustainable DesignTM
Performance, economic value and sustainability drive Smart Sustainable Design™. Much like the healthcare industry’s emphasis treating root cause by focusing on wellness and prevention for people, NewGen Surgical is doing the same by examining and redesigning products with more sustainable materials on the front end to achieve a source reduction of plastic used and a reduction of end-of-life plastic pollution in the environment. Our development process begins with a thorough understanding of the clinical performance doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals expect from a single-use disposable device. By rethinking, redesigning and reimagining a surgical product used every day in the operating room, we can reduce or eliminate plastic waste – and still deliver clinical performance at a price that brings value to our customers.
Greener Operations with NewGen Surgical
NewGen Surgical products are designed to replace existing plastic, single-use, disposal products without interrupting the workflow of the hospital, surgical procedures or disposal. In fact, it’s an easy way to accomplish measurable and meaningful impact. Your purchasing power and influence can eliminate thousands of pounds of plastic waste with one of the lowest conversion costs.
Products that Make a Difference
How many needle counters and skin staplers are part of your surgical department’s inventory? Are they included in your surgical kits? NewGen Surgical products offer similar clinical performance while delivering a measurable reduction in plastic waste.
- Alternative to petroleum-derived products
- Tree-free renewable resource
- Decomposes; the rate depending on disposal conditions
- Minimizes the environmental impacts throughout the product’s life cycle
- Reduction in energy used for production
- Prop 65 compliant
- Free of intentionally added BPA or BPA derived plastics, mercury, phthalates, and PVC
- The packaging can be recycled if the hospital and their respective waste hauler providers support this service