HCEPTHealth Care Environmental Purchasing Tool (questionnaire)
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Each facility selected between three and nine products to analyze using the HCEPT. Including the pilot study at CHW, 45 products were analyzed over the 9-month period.
A technical assistance provider worked with the health care facilities in each state to assist them with HCEPT use and provide a channel for data collection.
The HCEPT was modified after interviews with the test sites and representatives from the health care supply chain.
All nine of the sites had mercury reduction programs before the introduction of the HCEPT. Even though HCEPT evaluates general life-cycle environmental issues, it was effective particularly on mercury releases.
Environmental awareness building seems to be an important indicator of the success of the HCEPT. According to one of the participating hospitals, the HCEPT also provided a structure to deal with environmental issues in a formal way.
A challenge in this project was measuring the impact of the HCEPT amid the turbulence in the health care industry.
The HCEPT is designed to assist those health care facilities that wish to assess systematically the environmental impact their operations have on community health.
Additionally, the HCEPT represents a way for health care facilities to send signals to their manufacturers that they want environmentally preferable products.