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News in brief: Medical students go green

Residency Program Insider, August 29, 2008

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It’s no secret that green is the new black. Many facilities use receptacles for recycling day-to-day items such as soda cans and newspapers. A group of medical students at Rush University Medical Center are taking recycling to the next level. Along with other members of the hospital staff, they started Rush Remedy, a medical supply recycling program. According to a Rush University Medical Center press release, volunteers gather unused medical supplies and equipment, including surgical packs, surgical gloves, gauze, bandages, sutures, and catheters, and send them to MedShare International, an organization that ships supplies to overseas clinics and hospitals.
 
"We collect about 2,000 pounds of unused medical supplies every month and ship them in 40-ft. containers to clinics and hospitals throughout the world," said co-founder Rebecca Free, a third year Rush medical student, in the press release.
 
To ensure students recover the medical supplies safely and appropriately, they follow guidelines and protocol of a non-profit organization called Remedy, Inc. that specializes in providing medical supplies internationally.



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