How Should US Health Care Lead Global Change in Plastic Waste Disposal?

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How Should US Health Care Lead Global Change in Plastic Waste Disposal?


JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Article typeOther
Publication date – Oct – 2022
Authors – Navami Jain, Desiree LaBeaud
Keywordshealth care waste, Plastic Waste Disposal, supply chain implementation, US
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy
World region Northern America
Country: United States of America
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on October 13, 2022 at 9:22 pm
Abstract:

Disposal of health care waste is one of the biggest threats to global sustainable health care. Current practices of dumping domestic and international health care waste into the earth’s terra firma and oceans also undermine global health equity by adversely affecting the health of vulnerable communities. While the United Kingdom works toward circular health care economy streams that produce minimal waste, the United States continues to amplify downstream environmental and health effects of health care organizational waste management decisions. This article suggests how to reframe social and ethical responsibility for health care waste production and management by assigning strict accountability to health care organizational leaders, incentivizing circular supply chain implementation and maintenance, and encouraging strong collaborations across medical, plastic, and waste industries.

OSI Number – 21777

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