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

Plans underway for a Sustainable Respiratory Inhalers Programme

The continued use of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) in respiratory care will have a potentially serious effect on global warming if production is not controlled, largely because these inhalers use potent green-house gas hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) as propellants. A cost-effective and safe alternative is available in the form of Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs), and we propose a programme to change prescribing practices such that DPIs are used in preference to HFC-driven inhalers where not clinically contra-indicated. 

Sustainable Respiratory Inhalers Programme - briefing note

The continued use of metered-dose inhalers in respiratory care will have a potentially catastrophic effect on global warming if production is not controlled, largely because these inhalers use potent green-house gas hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) as propellants.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2013

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Greenhouse Gas Accounting Sector Guidance for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices

A consortium of major global companies has been working with the NHS SDU to agree standards for reporting of carbon equivalents emissions for the manufacture of drugs and medical devices. The report was launched on Friday 30th Nov 2012 at St Thomas' Hospital in London and is a real achievement, albeit only the beginning of a lot more work. 

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Greener AHP Hub

The Greener AHP Hub is a resource for Allied Health Professionals.  It provides information and clear actionable steps which AHPs can take to improve their own environmental sustainability. The hub complements the 

NHS England
October, 2021

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Glove Awareness Week resources: 2 May to 6 May 2022

Glove Awareness Week runs from the 2nd to 6th May this year and focuses on encouraging nursing staff - and medical and health care professionals - to make one change to reduce their unnecessary glove use and help make health care more sustainable. RCN resources available.

£7.45m funding available for two new research units

The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre has launched an ambitious new programme that will provide independent research that builds on the work of the REAL Centre, to help improve long-term decision making in health and social care. There may be good opportunities to propose research through the lens of sustainability. 

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