This is a free online carbon footprint calculator for use in in-centre haemodialysis units. It measures your overall footprint and carbon intensity per patient session, and identifies the greenhouse gas emission hotspots from running your haemodialysis unit.
In 2019, the Green Nephrology Group in The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust , UK (NUTH)approached the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition to launch a project to footprint their renal services, focusing first on one of the most environmentally damaging areas of renal practice - haemodialysis. The project mapped the haemodialysis service delivery within NUTH using the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition's Care Pathway Guidance, using life cycle assessment approaches to understand the whole environmental footprint associated with activities - from manufacture, through service delivery to disposal - and identify opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of the service.
This calculator has been developed using the insight gained to make an accessible tool available for other in-centre haemodialysis service centres to assess their own footprints, and identify where to focus their efforts to change.