Smiles in Venezuela

Posted on 10. Aug, 2012 by in Healthcare Consulting

I just returned from a 10-day trip with Rotoplast, International in Cumana, Venezuela, a city of 600,000 and where bars are on every window.  I was there to contribute in my capacity as an OR nurse to help mend the faces of beautiful children and in doing so, the hearts of the parents. For seven  […]

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Safe Chemicals Act

Posted on 20. Jul, 2012 by in Environmental Health, Healthcare Consulting, Toxic Exposure

It has been my experience that Americans can be a forgiving lot when it comes to transgressions made from a place of honest mistakes or general good intention.  Bonus points are given when folks admit their mistakes and accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions – we are all human after all.  But when […]

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The Joint Commission takes notice

Posted on 18. Oct, 2011 by in Green Healthcare, Healthcare Consulting, Sustainability, Sustainability in Healthcare

As the overriding authority in the creation and enforcement of healthcare standards, The Joint Commission is beginning to engage in the discussion of environmental sustainability in healthcare.  This is an important development which adds to the momentum of healthcare facilities adopting environmentally sustainable practices, a grassroots driven movement which is now hitting the radar of […]

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The Case Against DEHP

Posted on 12. May, 2011 by in Environmental Health, Green Healthcare, Healthcare Consulting, Sustainability, Sustainability in Healthcare, Toxic Exposure

Our mission as healthcare providers is to restore and safeguard health.  Indeed, the Hippocratic Oath is to “help, or at least do no harm.”  How then, can we continue to use products with toxins and chemicals that are known to adversely affect human health?  Di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) is a petroleum byproduct found in certain plastics.  […]

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Responding to Climate Change

Posted on 08. Apr, 2011 by in Environmental Health, Green Healthcare, Healthcare Consulting, Sustainability, Sustainability in Healthcare, Toxic Exposure

We are familiar with the idiom in the information technology world, “Garbage in, Garbage Out”.  The same concept is at work in our environment: what we put into our soil, water and air comes back not only to us, but to our children and future generations.  This idea of connection was also the premise of […]

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