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|Title:||Five ways hospitals can reduce their environmental footprint|
|ANZCA/FPM Author:||McGain, F|
|Anzca Brief Name:||McGain, Forbes|
|Citation:||The Conversation [Internet]. 2018. From: https://theconversation.com/five-ways-hospitals-can-reduce-their-environmental-footprint-90390. Accessed 25 May 2018|
|Abstract:||Picture the environmental life cycle of many disposable surgical instruments. Iron ore from Western Australia is shipped to China and smelted, fashioned into stainless steel surgical instruments in Pakistan and exported as single-use instruments. In Australia, clinicians use these instruments once, then discard them. So much that comes into patient contact is routinely used only once. This includes gowns, surgical drapes and covers for patients, anaesthetic breathing equipment, face masks and bed mats. On top of this, energy is wasted in hospitals because heating, cooling and devices are left on when not in use. It’s not surprising then to learn that health care produces 7% of Australia’s carbon emissions; hospitals produce about half of this. Here are five ways Australian hospitals can reduce their environmental footprint and improve their financial bottom line.|
|Journal Title:||The Conversation|
|Affiliates:||Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists|
|Appears in Collections:||Scholarly and Clinical|
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