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Title: Five ways hospitals can reduce their environmental footprint
ANZCA/FPM Author: McGain, F
Anzca Brief Name: McGain, Forbes
Keywords: sustainability
recycling
Issue Date: 24-May-2018
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11055/567
ISSN: 2201-5639
Journal Title: The Conversation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliates: Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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