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.
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.
This project, which came about as part of CSH's Green Ward Competition held at Barts Health in 2019, reduced the unnecessary listing of patients for general anaesthetic in cataract surgery, saving time, money and carbon.
Centre for Sustainable Healthcare & Barts Health NHS Trust
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
CSH is seeking to appoint a qualified health professional to an Education Fellowship, working on a project to support the inclusion of sustainability in quality improvement education for undergraduate medical students, postgraduate doctors and other health professionals.
Sustainability has been recognised as a domain of quality in healthcare, and building it into quality improvement (QI) is a practical way to drive incremental change towards a more ethical, sustainable health system.