Anesthesiologists Want More OR Recycling Programs, Survey Says
Most anesthesiologists support greater operating room waste recycling but think that there are several key obstacles to overcome, according to a survey published in the May issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.
Of more than 1,000 anesthesiologists surveyed, respondents thought that the greatest barriers to recycling waste were inadequate recycling facilities (49 percent), negative staff attitudes (17 percent) and inadequate information on how to recycle waste (16 percent). Other anesthesiologists felt that time, safety, cost and inadequate space for recycling receptacles were the greatest barriers.
Regardless of location or type of practice, 93 percent of responding anesthesiologists would like to increase recycling of operating room waste and would commit the time required to doing so.
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