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SSS 2010-03-04

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The food industry leads the nation in pounds of waste produced annually1. So, what’s second? It’s health care facilities. They dispose of more than four billion pounds of waste each year.

 

Another shocker? A lot of that waste is perfectly2 functional3. In fact, it hasn’t been used at all. For instance, many surgical4 devices may be removed from packaging, but not used in an operation. They still get thrown away.

 

Researchers from Johns Hopkins discuss the waste problem in the March issue of the journal Academic Medicine. They say that 25 to 40 percent of equipment can be safely reused via what’s called reprocessing. The materials need to go through careful treatments, such as cleaning, sterilization5 and, at times, remanufacturing. But the study’s authors say that following reprocessing, there’s no difference in safety and sterility6.

 

In fact, Hopkins has already saved about a half-million dollars by reprocessing. And Banner Health in Phoenix7, also mentioned in the study, saved $1.5 million and vast amounts of waste. The researchers conclude that reprocessing offers a way for hospitals to reduce waste and costs. Something that, in the current healthcare debate, should appeal to everyone on both sides of the political aisle8.

 


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1 annually VzYzNO     
adv.一年一次,每年
参考例句:
  • Many migratory birds visit this lake annually.许多候鸟每年到这个湖上作短期逗留。
  • They celebrate their wedding anniversary annually.他们每年庆祝一番结婚纪念日。
2 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,无可非议地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
3 functional 5hMxa     
adj.为实用而设计的,具备功能的,起作用的
参考例句:
  • The telephone was out of order,but is functional now.电话刚才坏了,但现在可以用了。
  • The furniture is not fancy,just functional.这些家具不是摆着好看的,只是为了实用。
4 surgical 0hXzV3     
adj.外科的,外科医生的,手术上的
参考例句:
  • He performs the surgical operations at the Red Cross Hospital.他在红十字会医院做外科手术。
  • All surgical instruments must be sterilised before use.所有的外科手术器械在使用之前,必须消毒。
5 sterilization Er0yQ     
n.杀菌,绝育;灭菌
参考例句:
  • Sterilization by filtration is subject to one major theoretical limitation. 过滤灭菌具有一个理论上的局限性。 来自辞典例句
  • Sterilization is a treatment that frees the treated object of all living organisms. 灭菌处理是从处理对象排除一切生活的生物。 来自辞典例句
6 sterility 5a6fe796564ac45f93637ef1db0f8094     
n.不生育,不结果,贫瘠,消毒,无菌
参考例句:
  • A major barrier to interspecific hybridization is sterility in the F1 progeny.种间杂交的主要障碍是F1代的不育性。
  • Sterility is some permanent factor preventing procreation.不育是阻碍生殖的一种永久性因素。
7 phoenix 7Njxf     
n.凤凰,长生(不死)鸟;引申为重生
参考例句:
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
8 aisle qxPz3     
n.(教堂、教室、戏院等里的)过道,通道
参考例句:
  • The aisle was crammed with people.过道上挤满了人。
  • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat.引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
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