Surgical Innovations supports CSH

Friday, 4 December, 2020

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) have partnered with Surgical Innovations (SI) in an effort to reduce plastic waste from Operating Theatres worldwide. SI have developed their field-leading range of surgical instruments, aptly named ‘Resposable’™, which not only achieve quality and functionality but manage to reduce plastic waste by approximately 70%. 

Surgical procedures are typically one of the highest producers of single-use waste in a hospital and the new technology aims to not only reduce the environmental impact but demonstrate quantifiable cost savings. SI are the parent company of Elemental Healthcare who have been involved in the UK Laparoscopic surgery field since its inception in the 1990's and continue to work with market leading companies in their field. 

Adam Power, Group Development Director of SI, said:

"The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is a leading independent provider of information and training to NHS clinical staff and will be enormously helpful in providing Surgical Innovations with an ethical and rigorous pathway to providing hospitals with the information they need to fulfil the obligations set by NHS England in the recent plan: 'Delivering a 'Net Zero' National Health Service.’"

CSH are pushing the development of greener operating theatres, supported by research led by our Sustainable Surgery Fellow, Chantelle Rizan, who is working on her PhD in this area. 

Rachel Stancliffe, Founder and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, said:

“We are delighted to receive a donation from Surgical Innovations. Good, collaborative and ethical industry partners are a vital part of transforming our health system for a sustainable future. Medical devices make up a significant proportion of the carbon footprint of hospitals and more sustainable alternatives are urgently needed if we are to meet our targets for reducing environmental impact. SI has developed a practical, accessible alternative to single-use surgical instruments and we look forward to accelerating the adoption of this and other sustainable innovations.”