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
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..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists project
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (project grant 13/025).