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Supporting Hospital Abroad with Resources and Equipment (SHARE) is a group of students and health care professionals throughout the Johns Hopkins community working to provide international medical relief. SHARE collects unused but clean medical supplies from the operating room and redistributes the instruments to developing nations. In addition, SHARE benefits the hospital by reducing its solid medical waste.
Many items from a surgical procedure that have not been used such as gloves, sutures, and gowns are usually discarded. Although these materials may be clean, these items cannot be utilized for a different procedure within the hospital because they are not considered sterile. In addition, legal and regulatory rules prohibit redistributing and reusing supplies. However, the same materials that would be regarded as waste in US operating rooms could be used in developing countries that are in need of such materials.
If you are interested in our work, please contact us at http://share.johnshopkins.edu/.