Improving Anaesthetic practice using best practice toolkits

Published on 8 August 2022

About the project

The NHS has a national ambition to deliver the world’s first net zero health service and respond to climate change, improving health outcomes now and for future generations. Operating theatres have a significant carbon footprint. Anaesthetic gas use is responsible for 2% or NHS carbon footprint. The NHS Long Term plan commits to lowering this by 40% by “transforming anaesthetic practices”.

In response to the NHS NetZero report the WMAHSN is scoping the implementation of a practical e- toolkit to help theatre teams implement changes to theatre practices to reduce their carbon footprint.

Project ambitions

The WMAHSN are currently scoping an e-toolkit that will:

  • Reduce the use of volatile anaesthetics
  • Promote the implementation of the NHS England Nitric Oxide Toolkit
  • Share worked examples and case studies of quality improvement projects that improve the environmental impact of theatre practice and enable quality improvement at pace
  • Provide potential cost improvement and waste management project examples
  • Improve carbon impact of theatres

Project team

Anna Edwards

Innovation Project Manager

Rabia Gowa

Innovation Programme Manager

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