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Archives for October, 2011
Welcome to the special pre-conference edition of the MD H2E News Roundup. With our 4th annual conference, Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Measuring Success, only two weeks away, here is a closer look at what’s happening on November 10th.
In this special edition, find information on:
- The panel discussion, “Implementing and Measuring Sustainability Initiatives at a Community Hospital”
- A breakdown of the breakout sessions
- Nurses presenting at the conference
- Sustainable Food Sessions
- And more!
Enjoy, and we hope to see you at the conference!
New studies have underscored the potentially harmful health effects of the most widely used flame retardants, found in everything from baby blankets to carpets. Health experts are now calling for more aggressive action to limit these chemicals, including cutting back on highly flammable, petroleum-based materials used in many consumer products.
by Elizabeth Grossman
Over the past 40 years, a class of chemicals with the tongue-twisting name of halogenated flame retardants has permeated the lives of people throughout the industrialized world. These synthetic chemicals — used in electronics, upholstery, carpets, textiles, insulation, vehicle and airplane parts, children’s clothes and strollers, and many other products — have proven very effective at making petroleum-based materials resist fire.
Yet many of these compounds have also turned out to be environmentally mobile and persistent — turning up in food and household dust — and are now so ubiquitous that levels of the chemicals in the blood of North Americans appear to have been doubling every two to five years for the past several decades.
Acting on growing evidence that these flame retardants can accumulate in people and cause adverse health effects — interfering with hormones, reproductive systems, thyroid and metabolic function, and neurological development in infants and children — the federal government and various states have limited or banned the use of some of these chemicals, as have other countries. Several are restricted by the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants. Many individual companies have voluntarily discontinued production and use of these compounds. Yet despite these restrictions, evidence has emerged in recent months that efforts to curtail the use of such flame retardants — a $4 billion-a-year industry globally — and to limit their impacts on human health may not be succeeding.
To read more:
From Lena H. Sun’s “Hospitals, health groups use purchasing power to push for greener medical products,” published in the Washington Post October 12th:
Hospitals and health systems are organizing the industry’s vast purchasing power to push manufacturers of medical products to make them with safer chemicals and to be more environmentally friendly.
Five large groups that buy $130 billion of these products every year on behalf of hospitals and other health-care facilities have adopted a standard set of questions they want vendors to answer. Those questions, which will be released Thursday at an industry conference, are designed to encourage manufacturers to produce “greener and safer products for workers, patients and the environment,” said Gina Pugliese, vice president of the Premier health-care alliance, which has a division that does group purchasing.
The move is significant because the groups represent more than 4,000 hospitals and thousands of other health-care organizations, including doctor’s offices, labs and long-term-care facilities. They already leverage the collective buying power of hospitals and other facilities to negotiate discounts on products.
For the entire article:
Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and the
University of Maryland School of Nursing present:
Environmental Excellence in Health Care:
November 10, 2011
7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Visit the conference website to view the full schedule and to register:
Join regional and national health care professionals, environmental industry experts, and educators for this learning and networking event designed to showcase the measurement practices of hospitals as they journey toward more sustainable environments for hospital staff, patients, and communities. The keynote speaker, plenary session, and smaller breakout sessions will explore how facilities are measuring sustainability success using quantitative and qualitative measures. Areas of measurement may include building design and construction, carbon footprint reductions, chemical usage reductions, community benefits, cost savings, employee engagement and/or satisfaction, patient exposure reductions, sustainable food practices, waste reduction, and water conservation.
Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy
Office for a Healthy Environment
Panel Discussion: Implementing and Measuring Sustainability Efforts at Community Hospitals
Assistant Vice President, Purchasing and Support Services
Carroll Hospital Center
Jo Wilson, MBA, FACHE
Vice President, Ancillary Support Operations
Western Maryland Regional Medical Center
Vice President, Facilities and Support Services
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Joan D. Plisko, PhD
Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Still the same low price!
Visit the conference website to view full pricing information and to register:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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