AMA Journal of Ethics® October 2022, Volume 24, Number 10: E1013-1021

Author: Lloyd Duplechan

Mismanagement of hospital waste can release harmful, deleterious contaminants into soil, water, and air. Irresponsible or noncompliant handling of health care waste can have far-reaching environmental and public relations consequences. This article describes legal, safe, sustainable health care waste stream management as a challenge to health care leaders that can be met by implementing good stewardship practices.

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