Greening the operating room

Camila R. Guetter, Barbara J. Williams, Eliza Slama, Amanda Arrington, Marion C. Henry, Mecker Moller, Janet Elizabeth Tuttle-Newhall, Sharon Stein, Marie Crandall

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Background: Climate change will affect most populations in the next decades and put the health of billions of people at risk. Health care facilities represent a significant source of pollution around the world and contribute to environmental changes. To address this topic, we performed a review of the available literature on tactics to reduce operating room (OR) waste and the potential of these strategies to impact the environment. Data Sources: A literature search was performed querying PubMed, Web of Science, and Science Direct. No comparative data were found; most were opinion papers, white papers, and case studies. For this reason, we proceeded with a narrative review, which provides an overview of the evidence on this topic and identifies areas for future research. Results: This systematic review summarizes the available literature on the 5 “Rs” of waste management: reduction, reusing, recycling, rethinking, and renewable energies. Conclusions: Surgery has a unique opportunity to transition to more environmentally-friendly operating room strategies, which may help decrease waste and lessen the impact of climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-688
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume216
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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Information Storage and Retrieval
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Recycling
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Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Global surgery
  • Global warming
  • Operating room waste reduction
  • Recycling
  • Repurposing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Guetter, C. R., Williams, B. J., Slama, E., Arrington, A., Henry, M. C., Moller, M., ... Crandall, M. (2018). Greening the operating room. American journal of surgery, 216(4), 683-688. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.07.021

Greening the operating room. / Guetter, Camila R.; Williams, Barbara J.; Slama, Eliza; Arrington, Amanda; Henry, Marion C.; Moller, Mecker; Tuttle-Newhall, Janet Elizabeth; Stein, Sharon; Crandall, Marie.

In: American journal of surgery, Vol. 216, No. 4, 01.10.2018, p. 683-688.

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Guetter, CR, Williams, BJ, Slama, E, Arrington, A, Henry, MC, Moller, M, Tuttle-Newhall, JE, Stein, S & Crandall, M 2018, 'Greening the operating room', American journal of surgery, vol. 216, no. 4, pp. 683-688. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.07.021
Guetter CR, Williams BJ, Slama E, Arrington A, Henry MC, Moller M et al. Greening the operating room. American journal of surgery. 2018 Oct 1;216(4):683-688. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.07.021
Guetter, Camila R. ; Williams, Barbara J. ; Slama, Eliza ; Arrington, Amanda ; Henry, Marion C. ; Moller, Mecker ; Tuttle-Newhall, Janet Elizabeth ; Stein, Sharon ; Crandall, Marie. / Greening the operating room. In: American journal of surgery. 2018 ; Vol. 216, No. 4. pp. 683-688.
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