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The concept of "Carbon Sustainable Ophthalmology" was explored on 15th May at a satellite meeting of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The event was organised by specialist trainee Aditi Das from Leeds, working with ophthalmic surgeon and consultant in community eye health, Mr Andy Cassels-Brown. As a first 'sustainable specialty' meeting, it was impressive in the quantity of relevant data presented - including a carbon footprint study of cataract surgery.
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Dr Tom Pierce is a consultant cardiac anaesthetist at Southampton University Hospitals NHS trust, and leads the Trust's programme of carbon reduction. In this video he discusses the impact of Foundation Trust status on carbon reduction, the use of oxygen cylinders, and the opportunities to involve trainees in carbon audits.
"How can we involve clinical departments in our Climate Week?" wondered the team at Whittington Hospital, which has been setting up a series of green events for 12-16 March 2012. The answer: a Green Ward Competition. Five clinical areas - including theatres - are competing for a £500 cash prize to be awarded for the best carbon reduction project.
Our conference organized in partnership with The Thames Valley Health Innovation and Education Cluster is taking place on 24th February 2012. The day offers a great opportunity to find out about the most recent developments in sustainable healthcare including a launch of the emergent research agenda from The King's Fund. Experts will outline the major issues before looking in depth at some of the available solutions including how to cut medicines waste, benefits of greenspace, patient and staff engagement and active transport.
In the not too distant past medical devices were re-usable. The increasing use of single-use devices has led to the inexorable rise in the volume of clinical waste. But does this need to be the case? We have a quick look at the issues.
As the founder and principal investigator of the Green-Op programme, Andrea is currently developing a surgical foot-printing tool to facilitate the comparative evaluation of surgical practice in the USA, Canada and UK.
Following in the footsteps of Green Nephology and the other successful speciality programmes, SusOp has grand plans for the transformation of one of the most energy and carbon intensive aspects of modern healthcare.
Prion risk: where do we draw the line? Millions of nail clippers are incinerated every year across the NHS, as a result of policies to manage the theoretical risk of vCJD, according to Julie Hotchkiss, public health consultant in Wigan.