Greening Your Practice

Surf’s Up! Green Health Care Grows From a Ripple to a Wave

By Janet Brown - Vol. 7, No. 3. , 2006

Over the last decade, there has been a tremendous increase in eco-consciousness in the health care industry, and this has led to a corresponding increase in the number of green cleaning products, building materials, and medical supplies now available. But not everything is as green as it may seem. Fortunately, there has also been a big increase in the number of information resources available to help guide ecologically minded health care professionals.

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Emerging Trends—Designing Green and Saving Green

By Janet Brown - Vol. 6, No. 6. , 2005

Over the last 5 years, health care leaders have begun to recognize the value of making their facilities more earth-friendly. Successful projects abound, and resources for “greening” health care have never been more available.

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Envisioning a Healthier Healthcare Environment

By Janet Brown - Vol. 6, No. 2. , 2005

Would you like your hospital or medical clinic to be healthier, less toxic, and more environmentally conscious? Don’t be afraid to dream, because a number of new organizations and websites are providing practical, how-to information to make those dreams a reality.

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Integrated Pest Management: Vanquishing Vermin Without Harming Ourselves, Staff and Patients

By Janet Brown | - Vol. 6, No. 1. , 2005

Ants, flies, roaches and other creepy crawlers are very unwelcome guests in health care facilities. But highly toxic pesticides are not the best way to get rid of them, especially given what we know about the health consequences of many common insecticides. A look at less-toxic alternatives.

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Can Health Care Afford To Be Environmentally Responsible?

By Janet Brown - Vol. 5, No. 2. , 2004

Janet Brown, Holistic Primary Care’s resident medical environmentalist, recently moved from Beth Israel Hospital in New York, to the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Project, a non-profit group that helps hospitals and clinics get right with Mother Nature. In the transition, she ponders the challenges of medical environmentalism and the progress made over the last decade.

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Creating a Green & Clean Clinic

By Janet Brown - Vol. 4, No. 4. , 2003

By reducing the number of toxic solvents used in daily practice, and shifting to safer, eco-friendly disinfectant compounds, medical clinics can greatly reduce the amount of toxic chemicals they put into the environment.

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HIPAA-HIPAA—HELP! Secure Disposal of Patient Health Information

By Janet Brown - Vol. 4, No. 3. , 2003

The health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has created a lot of headaches for physicians, not the least of which is how to dispose of paperwork containing confidential patient information in an environmentally conscious way. Janet Brown, our medical environmentalist, provides some thoughts.

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Different Shades of Green: The Spectrum of Green Construction

By Janet Brown - Vol. 4, No. 2. , 2003

Physicians who are remodeling their offices or building new clinics have a big opportunity to make a positive environmental impact by carefully selecting eco-friendly building materials. Even in existing facilities, small changes like installing low-flush toilets or using energy-saving light bulbs can have big effects over time.

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Respectful Environments, Environmental Respect: Taking Responsibility for the Impact of Our Work Practices

By Janet Brown - Vol. 3, No. 3. , 2002

Respect for the environment begins with respect for our workspaces and our colleagues. In today’s high-pressure, cost-conscious health care environment, it can be very difficult to maintain a healthy, safe and nurturing workspace. But a little effort goes a long way in terms of staff morale and patient satisfaction.

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Keeping It Clean: A Guide to Disinfecting Reusable Medical Equipment

By Janet Brown - Vol. 3, No. 2. , 2002

Glutaraldehyde and other chemical disinfectants widely used for cleaning medical equipment are toxic, and need to be used very carefully. A guide to reducing the risks associated with common medical disinfectants.

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