Interview 1

Who Did You Interview?

  • Neighbor

Demographics That Might Provide Helpful Context for Their Responses

  • Higher socioeconomic status
  • Middle aged
  • Doctor

Key Findings from the Interview

How can hospitals be more sustainable?

  • Depends on the field and department you are focusing on so make sure to narrow in on that
  • Waste is huge, this can be regarding cafeterias, surgical rooms, and even non surgical room. Consider: antibiotics which is huge, gauzes, biochemical waste, body parts, opioids, gloves (nitrile gloves - latex is not used anymore), needles tools tubes and cleaning solutions
  • Sterilizing products in a sustainable way is a challenge because it needs to be safe (prions, bacteria, viruses)
  • Usually bring in third parties for sterilization
    • cleaning, disinfecting, autoclave, sterilized
  • No separate bin more recycling

What concerns if any do you have with implementing sustainable products

  • Making sure things are clean, and killing harmful bacteria
  • Patient safety is number one
  • Important that no matter what even if it is the most sustainable if it is not time effective and easy to use it will not be good
  • time is of the essence in a hospital, everything is on the clock

What are key features in a sustainable product for hospitals?

  • Number 1: patient safety
  • Number 2: Efficiency (use and time)
  • Number 3: Cost effective