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Climate Week: Whittington Hospital Green Ward Competition

"How can we involve clinical departments in our Climate Week?" wondered the team at Whittington Hospital, which has been setting up a series of green events for 12-16 March 2012. The answer: a Green Ward Competition. Five clinical areas - including theatres - are competing for a £500 cash prize to be awarded for the best carbon reduction project.

SAP - sustainable action planning resources for clinical teams

SAP is a programme to support clinical teams in taking action for sustainability.  Structured around two facilitated workshops, SAP helps front-line staff to learn about sustainable healthcare, focus in on their priorities and put together a green action plan.  The action plan can then

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
February, 2010

The Nipper Mountain

Prion risk: where do we draw the line?  Millions of nail clippers are incinerated every year across the NHS, as a result of policies to manage the theoretical risk of vCJD, according to Julie Hotchkiss, public health consultant in Wigan.

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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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