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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/202318
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Journey to Green: Quest for Chemical-Free Products
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Background: Studies show that some chemicals in personal care products can have negative effects on human health, such as increases in cancer, allergies and hormone disruption. Multiple personal care products are used in our institution. Activities:  A “Green Team”, consisting of 10 nurses, pediatrician, maternity director, pharmacist, and a patient care technician, representing the Perinatal areas was established. Stakeholders, including sourcing, marketing, administration, legal, and infection control were consulted. Organizational and Green Team goals were aligned. Current, evidence-based research was reviewed. Infant skin care products used in hospital were evaluated. New product evaluation criteria were established. A new chemical–free personal product was selected, presented, and approved. Education of staff, physicians, and patients regarding need for replacement product, healthy product choices, cost and practice impact, and resource information was completed. New product will be used in care of infants and samples sent home with families. Evaluation Methods: • A survey measuring priorities of personal care product choice was given to prenatal and postpartum patients, staff, and nursing students. • Cost and chemical content of products was compared. • Evaluation of new product acceptance to be conducted through postpartum survey. Results: • Respondents indicated desire for chemical-free products for self and infants. • New product savings in excess of $12,000/year. Discussion:             Changing to chemical-free products will position our organization as the community leader, setting a health standard to decrease environmental exposure to patients, families and staff.
Keywords:
Hormone disruptors; Chemical-free products; Environmental Health
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleJourney to Green: Quest for Chemical-Free Productsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/202318-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Background: Studies show that some chemicals in personal care products can have negative effects on human health, such as increases in cancer, allergies and hormone disruption. Multiple personal care products are used in our institution. Activities:  A “Green Team”, consisting of 10 nurses, pediatrician, maternity director, pharmacist, and a patient care technician, representing the Perinatal areas was established. Stakeholders, including sourcing, marketing, administration, legal, and infection control were consulted. Organizational and Green Team goals were aligned. Current, evidence-based research was reviewed. Infant skin care products used in hospital were evaluated. New product evaluation criteria were established. A new chemical–free personal product was selected, presented, and approved. Education of staff, physicians, and patients regarding need for replacement product, healthy product choices, cost and practice impact, and resource information was completed. New product will be used in care of infants and samples sent home with families. Evaluation Methods: • A survey measuring priorities of personal care product choice was given to prenatal and postpartum patients, staff, and nursing students. • Cost and chemical content of products was compared. • Evaluation of new product acceptance to be conducted through postpartum survey. Results: • Respondents indicated desire for chemical-free products for self and infants. • New product savings in excess of $12,000/year. Discussion:             Changing to chemical-free products will position our organization as the community leader, setting a health standard to decrease environmental exposure to patients, families and staff.en_GB
dc.subjectHormone disruptorsen_GB
dc.subjectChemical-free productsen_GB
dc.subjectEnvironmental Healthen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T11:21:58Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T11:21:58Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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