Creating a climate for change
Actions for change
In regards to PPE, the World Health Organisation has identified various ways to reduce the environmental impact of our sector. These include:1
These principles can be applied to buildings, equipment and even anaesthetic gases. And we're showing this at our flagship Cromwell Hospital in London.
New economic model
Start ups and sustainability
Cromwell's best practice
We are putting this plan into action at our Cromwell Hospital in London.
Although the building itself is more than 40 years old, we're making it more energy efficient by:
- installing sensors for air conditioning and lighting
- by replacing inefficient air handling units
The hospital also runs on 100% renewable electricity.3
Staff have helped us identify and target avoidable waste. A water filtration system has eliminated the use of 140,000 single-use plastic bottles a year.3
This saved £4,000 annually. It also adds another level of patient safety because different coloured trays are used to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
And emergency drugs are placed on yellow trays. This makes it easier for clinicians to spot them quickly.
Look at our partnership with Upcycled Medical for example. They were one of the start-ups showcased in our eco-Disruptive programme. All scrubs are now made from 65% polyester. The polyester is made from recycled plastic:
25% of which is recovered from the ocean5
35% organically grown cotton5
We are now looking at bringing in patient gowns which are made from woodchips.6
Earlier this year, another partnership from our eco-Disruptive programme saw the Cromwell become the first UK private hospital to capture and recycle anaesthetic waste.4
Around 95% of the anaesthetic used in theatres is exhaled by patients. This is the equivalent of 97,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the UK alone.
The SID Dock device, developed by SageTech Medical, is a compact free-standing unit which captures 99.99% of this waste anaesthetic, holding it in a reusable storage canister.
Full canisters are returned to SageTech Medical. The contents are purified and returned to the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Scope for improvements
Similarly, until this year, the Cromwell used metal single-use laryngoscope handles containing lithium iron batteries. They were incinerated after use.
Now, they use re-usable metal handles from Timesco. They contain rechargeable batteries and can be sterilised in an autoclave up to Y,000 times.7
This will save £6,000 annually and prevents the incineration of 1,900 handles, along with their lithium batteries every year.