Inhaled Anesthetic 2020 Challenge
Reduce your facility inhaled anesthetic carbon emissions by 50% by 2020!
Inhaled anesthetics are potent greenhouse gases. Waste anesthetic gases (WAGs) are routinely vented off facility rooftops, where their emissions to the outdoor environment are currently not controlled. Several simple strategies can reduce these emissions, and serve to protect public health, without compromising patient care:
Reduce Inhaled Anesthetic Atmospheric Waste**From the ASA Anesthesiology Sustainability Checklist.
- Utilize low fresh gas flows
- Avoid high impact inhaled anesthetics: Desflurane, Nitrous Oxide
- Consider intravenous and regional techniques
- Invest in WAG trapping (for volatiles only) or WAG destroying (all inhaled anesthetics, including Nitrous Oxide) technology for the Anesthesia Machine
How’s your facility doing?
Some institutions have made great progress in reducing their inhaled anesthetic footprint, while others are just beginning. It is critical to measure the current state of emissions, and track mitigation progress. Project Drawdown aims to benchmark facility-level inhaled anesthetic carbon footprints, as well as per-case averages, to compare and inspire performance improvement efforts.
Enter your annual facility inhaled anesthetic volume through the Yale Gassing Greener app or directly here. By participating in this study, you will contribute to a growing body of knowledge to help leverage carbon drawdown in the healthcare sector across the globe. Participants may opt to receive a report of their facility carbon footprint results and can track changes over time.
How’s your personal practice?
Discover the carbon emissions of your inhaled anesthetic use with our free calculators and try the recommended educational practice settings! Access through the mobile Yale Gassing Greener app or directly below.
For anesthesia providers:
For nitrous oxide analgesia providers: