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Anesthetic gas reduction goal

  • Anesthetic Gas
  • Greening the Operating Room
  • Clinician engagement
  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Toolkit
(Anesthetic gas toolkit) As more health care organizations are setting GHG reduction and carbon neutral goals, focusing on anesthesia is one strategy that can support scope 1 emissions reduction and engage clinicians. Use the Practice Greenhealth anesthesia goal to set a target your facility can achieve. 

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Anesthetic gas data addendum

  • Anesthetic Gas
  • Greening the Operating Room
  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Toolkit
  • Clinician engagement
(Anesthetic gas toolkit) Use this addendum for a step-by-step example to calculate by hand the MTCO2e from purchasing data. The addendum also reviews terms used when gathering this data.

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Anesthetic gas how-to guide

  • Anesthetic Gas
  • Greening the Operating Room
  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Toolkit
  • Clinician engagement
(Anesthetic gas toolkit) Anesthetic gases represent around 5 percent of a facility’s scope 1 GHG emissions and around 50 percent of an OR’s emissions. The anesthetic gas how-to guide is your one-stop shop for research and talking points to engage anesthesia providers, set a goal, establish a baseline, and identify strategies to reduce your facility’s environmental impact.

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Why anesthesia?

  • Greening the Operating Room
  • Anesthetic Gas
  • Toolkit
  • Clinician engagement
  • Greenhouse Gas
(Anesthetic gas toolkit) Anesthesia and anesthetic gases have a direct impact on the environment, patients, and community health.  This document highlights key talking points and rationale for focusing on anesthesia, such as environmental, financial, and human health impacts and the need to engage providers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Anesthetic gas toolkit executive summary

  • Toolkit
  • Anesthetic Gas
  • Greening the Operating Room
  • Greenhouse Gas
(Anesthetic gas toolkit) Anesthesia and anesthetic gases have a direct impact on the environment, patients, and community health.  Use the anesthetic gas toolkit executive summary for a quick overview on key talking points and rationale for focusing on anesthesia and the need to engage providers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Sustainable procurement digest

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Chemicals
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Toolkit
This digest provides resources for purchasing sustainable products. Use the resources to identify environmental considerations for products and services, where to obtain more information, and the rationale for purchasing sustainably. Please contact the procurement team with any questions.  Sustainable procurement directory This resource provides Practice Greenhealth members with guidance on…

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Environmental considerations for ice machines and water coolers

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable food service operations
  • Guide
These environmental considerations for ice machines and water coolers will help facilitate the purchasing process. 

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St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center: medical waste reduction

  • Case Study
  • Waste
  • Regulated medical waste
  • Toolkit
(Less waste toolkit) Since 2009, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has reduced its regulated medical waste (RMW) from 10 to seven percent of total waste, saving an estimated $2,000 per year in waste disposal fees. The operating room and endoscopy personnel identified opportunities for improvement. This win-win opportunity was accomplished through education, improved segregation, and regular…

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Best practices for disposal of controlled substances

  • Pharmaceuticals
There is increased concern over pharmaceuticals in waterways. There are “no drugs down the drain” rules in certain states. And harm can come from unauthorized access to controlled substances and the resulting wastage. Health care facilities must address these issues and ensure alignment with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations as well as…

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Greenhealth total cost of ownership case study template

  • Cost of Ownership
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Toolkit
  • Tool
(Greenhealth cost of ownership toolkit) Use our template to share your experience and results with the Greenhealth total cost of ownership calculator with others to show your great work. 

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