The energy and equipment needed to safely evacuate Waste Anesthesia Gas (WAG) in the Operating Room (OR) may be operating during unoccupied periods, wasting energy and wearing out equipment. Concurrently, minimizing the atmospheric exhaust of WAG is considered a key strategy in reducing a health facility’s carbon footprint. The global warming potential over 100 years (GWP100) of commonly used anesthetic agents and medical gases is significant: sevoflurane 130x, isoflurane 510x, and desflurane 2540x one metric equivalent of carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrous oxide (298x) persists in the atmosphere over a much longer timeframe. In 2016, 60% of GOR Circle of Excellence award winners calculated the carbon footprint of their anesthetic gas emissions.
Gather your anesthesia, perioperative, biomed, and facilities colleagues and learn about emerging technologies to reduce scavenger system demand in this webinar.
Gain insight from Practice Greenhealth members and their experiences implementing a dynamic gas scavenger system. Hear from clinical and technical experts from Cleveland Clinic, the University of Wisconsin and others as they discuss energy reduction strategies and alternatives to venting waste anesthesia gas to outside air. Join us and learn how you can be part of the solution!