Respiratory care has some of the biggest problems (inhalers) and many good solutions for sustainable healthcare.

Sustainable Respiratory Inhalers Programme - briefing note

The continued use of metered-dose inhalers in respiratory care will have a potentially catastrophic effect on global warming if production is not controlled, largely because these inhalers use potent green-house gas hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) as propellants.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2013

Cradle to Gate

Greenhouse Gas Accounting Sector Guidance for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices

A consortium of major global companies has been working with the NHS SDU to agree standards for reporting of carbon equivalents emissions for the manufacture of drugs and medical devices. The report was launched on Friday 30th Nov 2012 at St Thomas' Hospital in London and is a real achievement, albeit only the beginning of a lot more work. 

Greener Inhalers for the UK

The Centre's Sustainable Respiratory Care group will lead research on why the UK continues to use inhalers with a much higher carbon footprint than other European countries.

Following the Montreal protocol banning the use of CFC gases in 1987, many countries moved directly to a new technology for inhalers based on Dried Powder (DPIs) while the UK still prescribes a majority of metered dose inhalers (MDIs) which use powerful greenhouse gases.  

Sustainable COPD Priorities 2012 survey

The Summit on 23 March came up with too many ideas - we need to decide where to start with improving sustainability of COPD care in 2012.  Please help us by completing this survey, which scores each area for clinical/environmental impact, programme development impact, and achievability.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2012

Sustainable Respiratory Care - Summary Statement (March 2012)

In March 2012, leading members of the respiratory care community attended a Summit entitled “Respiratory Care 2020: High Quality, Low Carbon” . The meeting identified priority areas for action to improve the environmental sustainability of respiratory services.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2012

Smoking ban - policy reunion

The Institute for Government held a policy reunion of the key players that were involved in policies to reduce tobacco use in England, which lead to the enactment of the ban on smoking in public places in 2005.

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    Institute for Government
    April, 2011

    Sustainable COPD Summit 23.3.2012 - Meeting Note

    The first meeting of the Sustainable Respiratory Care programme: a diverse group (including respiratory physicians, GPs, nurses, academics, industry representatives, commissioners and sustainability experts) identified priority areas for action in care for patients with COPD.

    Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
    February, 2012

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    Making Sense of Social Prescription

    The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.

    August, 2017

    Sustainable Respiratory Inhalers Programme - briefing note

    The continued use of metered-dose inhalers in respiratory care will have a potentially catastrophic effect on global warming if production is not controlled, largely because these inhalers use potent green-house gas hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) as propellants.

    Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
    March, 2013

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    The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

    The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

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