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News spotlight: Research collaborative looks at sustainability best practices

Nurse Leader Insider, November 15, 2010

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Practice Greenhealth, Healthcare Without Harm, and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) have joined together to launch a study on the impact of sustainability best practices on patient and healthcare worker outcomes and lowering costs.

The study is based on HHI’s recently created Healthier Hospitals Agenda that uses evidence-based design and research data to recommend nine groups of sustainability interventions and actions to hospitals all over the nation. The nine categories include designing and operating healthier and safer facilities for patient and employees, buying more sustainable products and supporting the use of safer chemicals and green chemistry, and creating a culture in which sustainability is linked to patient and worker safety.

Past studies suggest that sustainable practices in healthcare have led to better patient outcomes, fewer work-related injuries, and impressive cost-savings, and Practice Greenhealth officials say that if these outcomes can be spread across the entire healthcare sector, it could save billions of dollars per year for the healthcare industry.

Source: Healthcare Finance News



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