Author(s): H. Daxbeck & P. Amrusch
This paper refers to the waste management optimisation in hospitals.
The goal is
to develop the base for selection and implementation of waste prevention
measures in hospitals, as well as to take practical action towards the preparation
of waste prevention concepts.
The application of the input-output analysis enables the identification and
quantification of weak spots and waste prevention potentials in hospitals.
input-output analysis is built by considering the consumption (pieces) from the
cost control and linking it with the analysis of the most relevant articles in a
database: weight, composition and change during consumption and the correct
waste disposal fractions are determined.
In this way, the path of an article
through the hospital can be described, from the purchase to the discharge as
waste, and potential weak spots can be identified.
Results show which articles are relevant for the contents of individual waste
Waste gets thus a face, i.e.
the contribution of each article to the total
amount is known and steering measures can be derived and implemented.
way, the basis is created for an efficient waste or environmental management.
The benefits for hospitals include the fact that material flow analysis enables
the identification and quantification of weak spots and waste prevention
potentials in hospitals.
Moreover, the outcome of input-output analysis is a basis
for success in terms of efficiency improvements and monetary savings.
as the database is being continuously updated, annual changes become
detectable, and success resulting from implemented measures can be quantified.
Identification of specific environmental projects is possible: The projects were
developed together with the personnel.
The innovation of this project is defined
by the direct linking and balancing of purchase data with disposal data in the
waste, waste management, environmental management, waste
prevention, material flow analysis, input-output analysis, material accounting,
hospital, hospital waste, health care.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/ECO070481
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