Friday, 15 October 2010 16:53

Green Dialysis – Improving conservation and waste

Written by  Steve Bone
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There are so many ways that dialysis can be improved and I will focus on a number of good practices and new ‘stuff’ over the coming blog posts. But for this post, I was drawn by this article on saving the huge amounts of water used in dialysis and recycling, something they have been doing in Canterbury for 10 years now. The excess water from the reverse osmosis process is saved and pumped to a special tank in the roof set aside for this purpose and the water is then used to flush toilets in the unit. The process can save 800 litres of water per hour, and although the cost of installation was £15,000, the savings in ten years have been in excess of £75,000. One for the NHS bean counters to ponder – bit of a no brainer I suggest, especially as they installed the same process in the new Ashford dialysis unit from new, so being cheaper to instal, and savings achieved much sooner. I wonder if they thought to do that in the new Peterborough City Hospital we are moving to in November this year? Hmmmm! I’ll ponder that for a moment, and ask the question and update this blog post when I find out – think I know the answer though!

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Steve Bone

Steve Bone

Hi, I'm Steve and have been a dialysis patient on some form of self-care or other since 1990. I've dialysed at home, abroad, in hospital, oh and had a transplant for 7 years. I work in the insurance industry for a City based business, but am very fortunate to be able to work from home 4 days a week. I hope, with my experiences, I can help others on dialysis or those facing dialysis in the future! It ain't so bad! Steve

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