Sustainable inhalers infographics

Frances Mortimer's picture

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Information and infographics for reducing the environmental impact of inhalers

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Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Systems, University of Toronto

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November, 2021

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  • communications tool
  • educational materials

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Icon/Graphic inhaler CO2 emmissions traffic light icons

Lynn Sproat's picture

Hello,

I work for one of the Scottish health boards which is looking to improve our sustainability of respiratory care. Our Primary Care Pharmacists are looking at making changes to our formulary to encourage switch to Dry Powder or Mist inhalers. They would like to include on our formulary information a traffic light icon system to highlight CO2 emmisions of inhalers i.e. a traffic light system to highlight which inhalers are better or worse for the environment.

Just wondered if any boards or Trusts have implemented such an idea and are willing to share the type of icons being used.

Regards,

Lynn

Programme/Service Improvement Manager, Pharmacy Services

Hi Lynn,

Ross Sayers's picture

Hi Lynn,

https://www.breathegreenproject.com/resources

The above website provides a resource bank that you might find useful. I can point you to the Greener practice guide to inhalers which is linked there which is an excellent PDF document that uses a traffic light system. Their website is https://www.greenerpractice.co.uk/greener-practice-guide-to-inhaler-prescribing if you wanted to reach out to them. 

The PresQIPP bulliton 295, also liked on the Breathe Green site, has lots of resources including a very detailed breakdown of Inhaler CO2 emissions.

The breathe green project are are trying to create a network of interested people through a clinical champion scheme to ensure we can spread these resouces easily and avoid unnecessary duplication

Ross

Breathe Green Project team, Respiratory Registrar, Exeter

Thanks Ross,

Lynn Sproat's picture

Thanks Ross,

Aware of this website which is a great site and our board is already using some of teh resources but will take a look at the document you suggest again.

Regards,

Lynn

Newcastle inhalers poster

Frances Mortimer's picture

Hi Lynn,

newcastle hospitals did produce a colour-coded list of inhalers on their formulary, which Sarah Walpole shared on this network - maybe useful to have a look at? 

https://networks.sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/networks/sustainable-respiratory-care/inhalers-poster 

Hello Frances,

Lynn Sproat's picture

Hello Frances,

The newcastle hospital information sounds like it would be good to look at and pass to our pharmacists. But I could not find the pster from the link provided

 

Regards,

Lynn

I've edited the link to make

Frances Mortimer's picture

I've edited the link to make it live - does it work now, Lynn?

Thanks Francis,

Lynn Sproat's picture

Thanks Francis,

Yes I have managed to open the link. Thanks for your help. Actually I have already provided this newcastle document and the greener inhaler practice documentation to our pharmacists but will highlight them again.

Thanks and much appreciated.

Regards,

Lynn

inhaler comparison

Hayley Pinto's picture

In addition to the newcastle poster this page has useful information East-Sussex-Green-Inhaler-Guide_Final_2.pdf (sussexccgs.nhs.uk) including video links for how to use the different inhalers. Also the PrescQIPP website alllows filtering by inhaler drug and type to aid switching decisions. There is a good video which explains how to use it here. its a bit long but if you start at 35 minutes you get the bit about how to use the site Inhaler Carbon Footprint | PrescQIPP C.I.C 

Thanks Haley,

Lynn Sproat's picture

Thanks Haley,

So have not seen this East Sussex document before. I like that it includes the video links. Our pharmacists have looked at the PrescQIPP information.

Thanks I will pass them on the East Sussex document also it's a bit different as it is not using a traffic light to highlight which inhaler is high or low carbon footprint. I like that the East susex one highlights the cost implication of the switch. It will be up to our pharmacists what format they want to use in our formulary update for sustainable inhalers.

Thanks again much appreciated

Lynn

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