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Improving the sustainability of waste streams at the Heart Center of Isala Hospital in Zwolle

Riet, D.S. den (2022) Improving the sustainability of waste streams at the Heart Center of Isala Hospital in Zwolle.

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Abstract:Sustainability in hospitals is an increasingly hot topic. At least 7% of the CO2 emissions have been caused by the healthcare sector. This research focuses on Isala's Heart Center. There is currently a lack of knowledge on methods to establish more sustainable waste management. The current situation is investigated. In addition, a literature study and nine interviews are conducted with Isala's Green teams, hospitals, and organizations. After gathering data about sustainable initiatives, a literature study about KPIs is performed. Research has shown that the Heart Center produces multiple types of waste: infectious medical waste, sharps, residual waste, paper, and cartons. The proportion of residual waste is high. It is not an option for Isala to stay behind in terms of the developments and the fulfillment of the signed Green Deal any longer. Waste streams at the HCKs of Isala’s Heart Center can certainly be made more sustainable. There are different ways to achieve waste reduction. However, capacity and collaboration between stakeholders are required to succeed in implementing sustainable initiatives. Other parties are involved in the process of implementing sustainable initiatives, such as the procurement department or suppliers. Outsourcing sustainability management and waste reduction services to organizations allow hospitals to focus on their area of expertise: providing professional healthcare.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:01 general works, 50 technical science in general, 51 materials science, 58 process technology, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Health Sciences BSc (56553)
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