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Sustainability isn’t just a word

28/11/2022

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

It goes without saying that the primary effort a company makes is to earn a profit from the product it sells. Naturally, any production process generates resource consumption and pollution, and even the products themselves, at the end of their life cycle, become waste.

There are companies that have no qualms about these issues, and simply seek profit. There are companies that adapt to the trends and demands of the population, and implement more or less effective measures. Then there are companies that do everything possible to mitigate the environmental impact of their production, often anticipating measures that will only come years later. These are companies that have sustainability in their DNA, that made environmentally and people-conscious choices even before these things had a name.

Choosing one of these companies as a supplier means improving the quality of life for everyone: hospital patients, nursing home guests, nurses, doctors, administrators, the general population of the surrounding area and of the area around the manufacturer.

ERGONOMICS AND SAFETY AT WORK

Ergonomics and safety in the workplace: concepts that have a decisive impact.

It means making the work of nurses and doctors more comfortable and safer, it means avoiding occupational illnesses and accidents. And this brings social and economic benefits, and improves the quality of working life: comfortable instruments are used better and more willingly.
Just to give an example, rounded edges and the absence of sharp corners mean that operators run less risk of hurting themselves, but surface cleaning is also simplified, and the result is less pathogens. This also has a positive impact on patients.

dettaglio sul piano di lavoro del carrello medico PRESTO: bordi e spigoli sono arrotondati

PATIENT SAFETY

Not to be overlooked, both in hospitals and in nursing homes: features that improve ergonomics and organisation also have a direct impact on patient safety as they increase the quality of care provided and a quicker response.

QUICKER IDENTIFICATION = QUICKER RESPONSE

An example are therapy trolleys, medication trolleys and emergency trolleys that have drawers equipped with coloured ID tags (e.g. identifying medication by family or by type of packaging) but also with label holders: caregivers find the right medication in less time.

PRODUCT LONGEVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Healthcare facilities need to consider what happens to a piece of equipment at the end of its operational life: they need to pay attention to the materials it is made of and receive clear instructions on how to dispose of the different components.
But first of all, solid products should be chosen that last as long as possible and secondly, that can be upgraded and repaired.

Technicians should be trained by the manufacturer in this regard. Or the manufacturer must have the ability to intervene quickly. It is good to remember that a product that can be upgraded and repaired improves the investment.
To have all this, you need a well-designed and well-built product; and you need a manufacturer that is attentive to these issues, that has incorporated ESG principles into its management system. The acronym stands for Environmental, Social and Governance: each refers to a specific set of criteria such as environmental commitment, respect for corporate and social values, and whether or not a company acts with integrity and transparency.

AIM FOR THE RIGHT PRICE, NOT FOR THE LOWEST

For the most virtuous companies in these areas, it is crucial to receive support from customers: sustainable companies have higher operating and production costs. Consumers who demand more social and environmental responsibility reward those who are more committed by putting their hands in their wallets. Buying products from these companies triggers a virtuous mechanism, with positive consequences for everyone: both for the producing company and its territory, and for the customer and its territory, not forgetting the state (achievement of targets in ecological indicators, positive social impact).

A final word

In order to have sustainable businesses, we must move from a 2-handed economy (the state as regulator + the market) to a 4-handed economy (the state + consumers + the market + responsible businesses).

rappresentazione grafica dell'economia a 4 mani
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