Wastage of Supplies and Drugs in the Operating Room

Roy K. Esaki, MD; Alex Macario, MD


October 21, 2009

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Medical waste is directly relevant to the practice of medicine, as it represents a misuse of resources that could otherwise be spent on patient care. Operating rooms produce a disproportionately large portion of total hospital waste. Much more can and should be done to better manage supply and drug waste resulting from surgical procedures.


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