Tackling medical waste by revolutionising theatre equipment packs
Before an operation takes place theatre staff have to get the required items out of stock and set them out for each procedure. Unwrapping each item is time consuming and requires good stock management to ensure items are readily available. This is important for patient safety and the smooth running of the theatre.
Carbon and Financial Savings
Taking simple action by increasing the use of theatre packs has resulted in the Trust saving £175,000 per year (based on staff time saving). It’s also reduced the volume of associated packaging waste by 90% (around 2.6 tonnes) helping the Trust to reduce its carbon footprint by five tonnes. Additional carbon reductions are expected as a result of tighter control on stock items and theatre set up.