Case Study

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

The first two years showed a reduction of over 50 tons of sharps from going into landfills. This is a great program and a true partnership.

Richard McCormick, EVS Director

The Challenge

To become a more sustainable hospital system while not comprising on safety, value and interruption of patient care. Also help Environmental Services reduce labor.

Our Approach

STEP 1

We met with Material Management, EVS, Clinical Care Administration, and Facilities Management to explain who Daniels Health is and what we can provide NHRMC. Here we showed our sharps container and went over the DCS. We were given a copy of the current purchase volume of disposable sharps containers.

STEP 2

Thereafter, we conducted a walk of the hospital to understand their layout and current challenges with current program. Met with nurse managers on the floors to show the Daniels Container. Discovered they were using 5.6 qts sharps in all the rooms and between 45%- 66% of biohazardous medical waste coming off the floors were sharps waste. This led to EVS having to constantly running red bags of medical waste service from floors to the dock.

STEP 3

The Daniels team returned to meet with the NHRMC administration team to discuss what we saw on the ward walk and presented a proposal along with suggested plastic reductions by going to reusable sharps containers. Also showed them how this would reduce the amount of time EVS would have to pull red bags and that the Daniels S22 had a 4x fill rate capacity to their current sharps container.

The Solution

The Daniels team installed Daniels reusable sharps containers throughout the hospital. 18 months later we installed our reusable trace chemo containers in their new Cancer Center. 

The Outcome

This October will be our 2 year anniversary with NHRMC. Currently they have reduced over 50 tons of sharps container waste from the landfill. While also cutting their RMW by over 53%. They have seen a huge reduction in labor alone just by switching to our C64. Before EVS would have to pull the yellow bag, put a box together, place it in the box, close the box and place it in the cooler,(this would take up to 5 mins.) Now they just secure the C64 and place it in the transporter, (under a min.)

 

Daniels has been very instrumental in moving NHRMC in the reduction of waste that was being placed in landfills to becoming more aware of the ability to be a “Green” Hospital. The first two years showed a reduction of over 50 tons of sharps from going into landfills. The efficiency of their program has helped the staff tremendously as well. This is a great program and a true partnership.

Richard McCormick, EVS Director