NHSE working with the Health Innovation North West Coast and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust have developed a reproducible process for hospitals to rationalise surgical sets, reducing carbon intensive sterilisation of unused instruments. There is evidence that >75% instruments may remain unused per procedure, which results in unnecessary washing and sterilisation of high volumes of items. Surgical set rationalisation has been identified as a key intervention by the Royal College of Surgeons’ (RCS) Intercollegiate Green Theatre Checklist, and the Leeds example is projected to annually save 2-3 tonnes CO2e or 60% and £20k from the decontamination process for one procedural area.
Watch the webinar to find out more, access the slides, Innovation Agency report on the process and the NHSE guidance using the following links.
Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOx_A6CQVwk
Innovation Agency Report: https://networks.sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/resources/surgical-tray-rationalisation-report
NHSE Guidance accessible to NHS staff: Surgical Tray Rationalisation - Central Commercial Function (CCF) Best Practice Hub - FutureNHS Collaboration Platform NHS staff should email email@example.com for access