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Health Care Gown Waste Reduction in Washington State

The WSMA supports further research on the safety, utility, and financial benefits of reusable medical supplies, specifically isolation gowns.(Res B-12, A-19)

The WSMA supports the use of reusable gowns, followed by proper laundering protocol as indicated by the Center for Disease Control, whenever possible in recognition of the significant negative environmental impact made by unnecessary waste disposal. (Res B-12, A-19)

The WSMA supports the development of alternative reusable technologies in an effort to reduce the extensive amount of waste produced by the healthcare system. (Res B-12, A-19)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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