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Medical waste shrinks to about 80 percent of its original volume inside the rotoclave. Todd Gartrell, center, with rotoclave operators Ian Smith, left, and Anthony James.

Into the Jaws of a Giant
The new rotoclave turns red-bag medical waste green

Ever wonder where those red bags of medical waste wind up when they leave the hospital floor? You probably blocked that thought, right?

Well, recently, Hopkins Hospital introduced a whole new method of disposing of infectious waste without harming the environment. A new machine known as a rotoclave, a new vendor to manage the process, and in-house programs designed to minimize medical waste all are raising the profile of this once-verboten topic. Now, everyone’s talking trash.

The rotoclave, cylindrical and resembling a small submarine, the biggest of its type and the only one of its kind in Maryland, is situated on the loading dock in back of the Orleans Garage.


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Home Sweet Home Care
Nurse Chris Hedrick travels far and wide to help patients recover on their own turf.
Dribbling for the Health of It
On Fitness Fridays, employees wear sneakers, take stairs and pledge to walk more.
Surgeons for a Day
Many departments observe Take Your Child to Work Day, but none do it quite like Surgery.

Office Space
Sneak a peek at four work areas that reflect their occupants.
The Paperless Office
Stephanie Reel outlines a 12-step program designed to shed that clutter for good.

All Psyched for Mike
A computer troubleshooter finds himself on the receiving end of network support.
Better Prepared Parents
First-time moms and dads get a boost at HCGH’s Healthy Families program.
The Brain Trainers
A new outpatient neurorehab program helps patients rebuild their lives.

Pushing the Envelopes
March 16 was Match Day, when medical students learn where they’ll be residents.

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