Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Operating Theatre: A Multicentre Quality Improvement Report

Charlotte Holbrook's picture

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What provision is there for recycling within your operating theatre?

Abstract: Currently, there are very few provisions for recycling in theatres. We measured the weight of clinical waste for several orthopaedic operations. This waste was then examined and sorted into domestic waste and clinical waste. With staff education it is possible to reduce the amount of clinical waste generated by the operating theatre by roughly 50%. A greater awareness of disposal options leads to a reduction in waste disposed of by incineration.

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Journal of perioperative practice

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June, 2013

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