International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Letter to the Editor | Anaesthesiology | India | Volume 13 Issue 6, June 2024 | Rating: 5.3 / 10

Beyond the Mask: Advocating Eco - Conscious Anaesthesia Practices

Dr. Chandini Kukanti | Dr. Pharanitharan Natarajan

Abstract: Global warming, leading to climate change, has emerged as a critical environmental issue, significantly impacting human health through heat strokes, flood damage, and food cycle disruptions. The healthcare industry, responsible for 5 of global greenhouse gas emissions, heavily contributes to this problem, particularly through the field of Anaesthesiology. Anaesthetic agents like Sevoflurane, Desflurane, and Isoflurane, used in general anaesthesia, have high Global Warming Potential GWP and are released into the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change. To mitigate this impact, the adoption of eco - conscious practices in anaesthesia is essential. These include favouring regional anaesthesia, minimizing Nitrous Oxide use, employing low fresh gas flows, utilizing anaesthesia depth monitors, and implementing efficient gas scavenging systems. Furthermore, developing renewable energy sources and biodegradable medical equipment can significantly enhance environmental sustainability. By integrating these practices, anaesthesiologists can play a pivotal role in reducing the ecological footprint of anaesthesia and ensuring a healthier, sustainable future.

Keywords: global warming, climate change, anaesthesiology, greenhouse gases, eco - friendly anaesthesia

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 6, June 2024,

Pages: 1866 - 1867

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