Research into 'green anaesthesia'

There are a number of possible avenues for research into ‘green anaesthesia’. 

  • Atmospheric extraction of ventilated anaesthetic gasses, particularly in PACU
  • equipment and packaging waste reduction through redesign
  • investigation of new, energy efficient sterilisation techniques
  • life cycle analysis of anaesthetic drugs and equipment
  • re-evaluate equipment infectivity, and develop reusable equipment
  • calculations of ‘energy balance’, comparing the energy costs of reuse/recycling compared to disposal
  • compare the environmental by-products of manufacture/incineration
  • cycles of audit in anaesthetic waste management
  • the ergonomics of waste streaming