It is perceived that online medical journals have a smaller carbon footprint as well as costs, than its printed version. Subscription rates for online and print versions of most medical journals portray this difference. BJS is an exception to this practice. Reliable evidence is hard to come by with regard to the carbon footprint of print products and downloading journal articles; the available evidence is confusing. It may be opportune for this forum to consolidate the evidence of the carbon footprint of print vs. online medical journals.
A competition including a brief intervention, designed by CSH has had an immediate impact at Whittington, including going from 0 - 60 bags of waste recycled per week in one operating theatre. Hugh Montgomery, climate expert and Whittington clinician, inspired 3 departments to compete for cash and energy-saving prizes which have just been awarded.
The Association of Surgeons in Great Britain and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have published a Consensus Statement on Cost-effective and Sustainable Surgery. The statement is based on presentations, discussions and interactive sessions at a Consensus Conference which was held on 10th November 2011 in Dublin.
The Oxford University Hospitals Trust has reduced the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration by introducing recycling into the operating theatre setting. Previously all waste from clinical areas was disposed of via orange clinical waste bags.
"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 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
In the not too distant past medical devices were re-usable. The increasing use of single-use devices has led to the inexorable rise in the volume of clinical waste. But does this need to be the case? We have a quick look at the issues.
As the founder and principal investigator of the Green-Op programme, Andrea is currently developing a surgical foot-printing tool to facilitate the comparative evaluation of surgical practice in the USA, Canada and UK.
Following in the footsteps of Green Nephology and the other successful speciality programmes, SusOp has grand plans for the transformation of one of the most energy and carbon intensive aspects of modern healthcare.
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.
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.
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.
This study audited the introduction of recycling of paper and cardboard within an operating theatre. All waste within a single operating theatre was collected by a dedicated team for 20 surgical cases.