By Victoria Stern

 

Nashville, tenn.—When Stephanie M. Barman, RN, CNOR, saw how much waste a single procedure in the OR generated, she knew something needed to be done.

“One procedure created an entire case cart of trash,” said Ms. Barman, a nurse coordinator for high-risk OB/GYN surgeries at UnityPoint Health – Meriter in Madison, Wis.

Producing large quantities of waste is hardly unusual for hospitals. One analysis published in 2010 estimated that hospitals in the