Environmental footprint of regular and intensive inpatient care in a large US hospital

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Study comparing an acute care unit with an intensive care unit in the US:

"An acute care unit generates 5.5 kg of solid waste and 45 kg CO2-e per hospitalization day. The ICU generates 7.1 kg of solid waste and 138 kg CO2-e per bed day. Most emissions originate from purchase of consumable goods, building energy consumption, purchase of capital equipment, food services, and staff travel."

Prasad, P.A., Joshi, D., Lighter, J. et al. Environmental footprint of regular and intensive inpatient care in a large US hospital. Int J Life Cycle Assess (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-021-01998-8

 

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December, 2021

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  • case study

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