Respiratory care has some of the biggest problems (inhalers) and many good solutions for sustainable healthcare.

New BTS asthma guidelines encourage use of low-GWP inhalers

Section 8.6 of the new BTS/SIGN Guideline for the management of asthma highlights the environmental impact of metered dose inhalers (pMDI) and recommends that inhalers with low global-warming potential (GWP) should be used when likely to be equally effective.

British Thoracic Society
July, 2019

Asthma UK inhaler videos

Are you confident in teaching patients how to use their inhalers? The first step in improving environmental sustainability of inhaler use is to ensure that people use the correct technique to get the drug to where it is needed. 

Asthma UK
July, 2019

Natural resources footprint for NHS and social care

This is the most recent carbon/natural resources footprint of health and social care in England, based on 2017 data. Of note, the greenhouse gas emissions from metered dose inhalers are estimated at 0.85 Mt CO2e, which is around 3.2% of total emissions for the sector.

Sustainable Development Unit, NHS England & Public Health England
September, 2018

RCP video on NHS environmental impact

Short animation to raise awareness of the NHS contribution to environmental issues such as climate change and air pollution, and encourage health professionals to look for environmentally friendly ways to practise.

Royal College of Physicians
September, 2018

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Sustainable COPD Priorities 2012 survey

The Summit on 23 March came up with too many ideas - we need to decide where to start with improving sustainability of COPD care in 2012.  Please help us by completing this survey, which scores each area for clinical/environmental impact, programme development impact, and achievability.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2012

Sustainable Respiratory Care - Summary Statement (March 2012)

In March 2012, leading members of the respiratory care community attended a Summit entitled “Respiratory Care 2020: High Quality, Low Carbon” . The meeting identified priority areas for action to improve the environmental sustainability of respiratory services.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2012

Smoking ban - policy reunion

The Institute for Government held a policy reunion of the key players that were involved in policies to reduce tobacco use in England, which lead to the enactment of the ban on smoking in public places in 2005.

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    Institute for Government
    April, 2011

    Sustainable COPD Summit 23.3.2012 - Meeting Note

    The first meeting of the Sustainable Respiratory Care programme: a diverse group (including respiratory physicians, GPs, nurses, academics, industry representatives, commissioners and sustainability experts) identified priority areas for action in care for patients with COPD.

    Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
    February, 2012

    Sustainable Anaesthesia

    This is a good starting point for anaesthetists with an interest in the impact their care is having on the carbon footprint of the NHS, and what actions can be taken to reduce that impact.

     

    Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

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    The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

    The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

    Naturally Healthy?

    On 2nd March CSH and the Ecosystems Knowledge Network delivered a Valuing Nature Programme event to ensure that tools and methods are available to

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