A Network for everyone interested in improving the environmental sustainability of operating theatres.   

A new role for anaesthetists in environmentally sustainable healthcare?

Our article published today! "The contribution of anaesthesia to the environmental impact of healthcare is significant and visible, but amenable to change. We believe that this places anaesthetists in an ideal position to lead educational initiatives on environmental sustainability."

C. L. Shelton, S. C. McBain, F. Mortimer, S. M. White. Anaesthesia.
March, 2019

The impact of surgery on global climate: a carbon footprinting study of operating theatres in three health systems.

This (open access) paper compares the carbon footprint of 3 operating theatres (UK, US and Canada). It is really interesting to see how different institutional practices influence the carbon footprint, once again highlighting the significant reductions achieved by reducing desflurane usage.

Lancet Planet Health
December, 2017

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Welsh Environmental Anaesthetic Network Project Drawdown resources

In 2019, the Welsh Environmental Anaesthetic Network (WEAN) launched "Project Drawdown" to encourage environmentally conscious anaesthetic practice in 8 hospitals around Wales, achieving an average reduction of 71% in carbon footprint from anaesthetic gases in the first year.

Welsh Environmental Anaesthetic Network
March, 2021

ANZCA Webinar: Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesia

A panel of experts explore environmental sustainability issues in anaesthesia practice and discuss the opportunities for research and innovation, such as collaborating with non-medical researchers, and trainee-led solutions to sustainable practice. 

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
December, 2020

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