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The importance of product stewardship for plastic recovery of polyethylene terephthalate in the operating room

  • Kerstin Wyssusek
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    Corresponding author. Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Level 4 Ned Hanlon Building, Herston, Brisbane, QLD, 4006, Australia.
    Affiliations
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, 4067, Australia
    Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, QLD, 4029, Australia
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  • Mahalakshmi Avudainayagam
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    Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, QLD, 4029, Australia
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Published:September 13, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.09.013
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