How can we best communicate our findings? And how do we address the right people to take action on these findings? Amongst others, these are questions students are asked to think about during the Thesis Labs. Elaine van Ee, participant of the Sustainable Hospitals Lab, found an original way to bring attention to her topic: a photo exposition on hospital waste.
Master thesis about environmental sustainability
Elaine van Ee is a master student Medicine at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), and Health Care Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Besides her studies, Elaine works at the emergency department of the LUMC, assisting at the work floor during traumas, replenishing cupboards, and cleaning room. It was during these proceedings that she encountered high amounts of waste. Taking action upon these encounters, Elaine joined the Sustainable Hospitals Lab and dedicated her master thesis to environmental sustainability in the hospital setting. Elaine's topic is centered around investigating how the emergency department can become more environmentally sustainable.
It's an emergency!
Elaine's photo exposition shows the different types of waste created in the emergency room. The aim of showing these pictures is to create more awareness of the amount of waste created per emergency room visit.
Interested in viewing the exhibition?
"It's an emergency!" is now on show in the Leiden University Medical Centre until the end of September. On September 24th the photos will be exhibited at the Groene Zorg Festival in Utrecht and on October 5th the exhibition can be seen during the Hackathon of the Zorgambassade in Utrecht. After this, the exhibition can be viewed in the RKZ Beverwijk and then move through different hospitals in the Netherlands. Amongst others, these hospitals include the Amsterdam MC, Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, Franciscus Ziekenhuis in Roosendaal, Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis in Den Bosch, and Dijklander Ziekenhuis in Hoorn.
See a preview of the pictures below!
©Elaine van Ee & Alex van der Lecq