Plastic free cups for meds rounds on a ward saves plastic waste
Trust: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location: Millview Hospital
What’s the idea?
Throw away plastic cups used to hand out medications to patients on wards have a high carbon footprint in waste. One nurse at Millview decided to swap them out for reusable cups which are sterilized between each use to meet infection control standards which reducing waste.
How you could implement a similar idea
Check with your ward clinical lead if they are happy to make a swap from disposable to reusable cups, ensuring you have easy access to the sterilizing unit for staff to clean after each use.
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