In this study from the UK, researchers find that two-thirds of carbon contributions in the OR can be attributed to single-use items and one-third to reusable products used in five common surgical procedures.
The mean average carbon footprint includes:
Across the five procedures, 23% of the products used were responsible for 80% or more of the procedures' carbon footprint. Products with the greatest carbon contribution for each procedure were:
The mean average carbon contributions from processes were:
Changes in practices and policies should target those products making the greatest carbon contribution, and they should include reducing single-use items, switching to reusables, and optimizing processes for decontamination and waste disposal, the authors say.Read More >>