Writing on the winter solstice here in the UK, the shortest day of the year - truly mid-winter. And then tomorrow the light will start to take over the darkness and spring will be on the way! 2021 has brought us growth and many positive things.
This year, five surgical teams from around the UK competed in the first-ever 'Green Surgery Challenge'. Through the challenge they have effectively reduced the carbon footprint of surgery by creating new devices, streamlining procedures, switching to reusable equipment, and altering the type of anaesthetic used for certain operations.
Europe’s leading conference on sustainable healthcare, CleanMed Europe, will be held online from 29 November – 3 December 2021. Hosted by Health Care Without Harm Europe, the conference showcases cutting-edge practices in sustainable healthcare and is the ideal venue for healthcare innovators to network and share ideas, finding new ways to drive change within their organisations and communities.
The Green Surgery Challenge team at Wrexham Maelor and Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospitals, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales, focused on the carpal tunnel release pathway as this is the most commonly performed procedure in the field of hand surgery. They considered the whole pathway and chose interventions that would reduce the consumption of single-use surgical equipment and reduce energy use by moving out of the operating theatre, reducing size of autoclave trays by streamlining the reusable surgical sets and eliminating the need for ward admission.