Greener Operations: Sustainable Peri-Operative Practice Top 10

  1. How can more sustainable reusable equipment safely be used during and around the time of an operation?
  2. How can healthcare organisations more sustainably procure (obtain) medicines, equipment and items used during and around the time of an operation?
  3. How can healthcare professionals who deliver care during and around the time of an operation be encouraged to adopt sustainable actions in practice?
  4. Can more efficient use of operating theatres and associated practices reduce the environmental impact of operations?
  5. How can the amount of waste generated during and around the time of an operation be minimised?
  6. How do we measure and compare the short- and long-term environmental impacts of surgical and non-surgical treatments for the same condition?
  7. What is the environmental impact of different anaesthetic techniques (e.g., different types of general, regional and local anaesthesia) used for the same operation?
  8. How should the environmental impact of an operation be weighed against its clinical outcomes and financial costs?
  9. How can environmental sustainability be incorporated into the organisational management of operating theatres?
  10. What are the most sustainable forms of effective infection prevention and control used around the time of an operation (e.g., PPE, drapes, clean air ventilation)?