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Tuesday, July 31 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Environmental Preferred Purchasing: Why it is the Right Choice

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Abstract:   Hospitals across the world are forming green or sustainability teams. The mandate of these teams is to select and purchase products that create the smallest carbon footprint and are free of chemicals of concern. Health-care workers and patients are exposed to toxic substances on a regular basis in the hospital setting. Hospitals have a responsibility to purchase the most environmentally preferred products available. This presentation focuses on the main categories of chemical concern for hospitals and the importance of purchasing products that are less harmful to patients and providers and more sustainable for the environment.

Learning Objectives:

       1.    Explain the main categories of chemicals of concern in hospitals.
       2.    Explain the importance of using products that are sustainable.
       3.    Coach others in the sustainable purchasing process through formal and informal education.


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Erica Thibault

Erica Thibault graduated with a master’s in nursing. She is a doctoral candidate specializing in pressure ulcer prevention and has published a number of articles and posters. Thibault has served on hospital system committees such as new product procurement.

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Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
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