Journal article

Financial and environmental costs of reusable and single-use anaesthetic equipment

F McGain, D Story, T Lim, S McAlister

BRITISH JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Background.: An innovative approach to choosing hospital equipment is to consider the environmental costs in addition to other costs and benefits. Methods.: We used life cycle assessment to model the environmental and financial costs of different scenarios of replacing reusable anaesthetic equipment with single-use variants. The primary environmental costs were CO 2 emissions (in CO 2 equivalents) and water use (in litres). We compared energy source mixes between Australia, the UK/Europe, and the USA. Results.: For an Australian hospital with six operating rooms, the annual financial cost of converting from single-use equipment to reusable anaesthetic equipment would be an AUD$32 033 (£1..

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