As part of their treatment, patients are told they must drink a lot of water in order to flush the dye from their kidneys that was given for their angiogram. To help reduce hospital waste, every patient in the day unit is given a water bottle by the volunteer or RN. In addition to being environmentally friendly, these water bottles allow nurses to clearly measure the amount of fluid needed. They also reduce spillage, are an easy way to access fluids and can be taken home by patients after they’ve recovered.
The UOHI currently pays $135,000 annually in garbage disposal. On any given day there are 47 plastic cups on bedside tables. Since the study was started, there has been a dramatic decrease in the use of plastic cups.