U.S. Medical 'Trash' Saving Lives Abroad

12/03/2011 01:40 pm ET
  • CNN

(CNN) -- Doctors will often prepare for surgical procedures by opening instrument and supply kits that contain up to 100 items.

Many of these items, such as scalpels, needles or sponges, go unused; they're just not needed for that particular procedure. But because of government or hospital regulations in the United States, they are frequently thrown away, even when they are still wrapped.

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