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Sustainable Anesthesiology

Contact Information:
Karin Zuegge, MD
Assistant Professor

Public Health and Climate Change: Lancet 2015

Trash & Recycling

OR Disposable Waste Quantification, JNeurosurg 2016
Life Cycle Assessment surgical procedures, Env Sci Tech 2015
Creative and Interactive Material Usage Project
Operating Room Recycling Audit, A&A case rept 2015
Multidisciplinary Team Reduce Waste, Am Surg 2013
Life Cycle Disposable vs. Reusable LMAs, A&A 2012
Greening Orthopedic Surgery 2012

What on EARTH can I put in that green recycling bin?? There is now a sign!
'What Can I Recycle?' Poster

Recycling in the OR Presentation (pdf)

How the automatic sorting process works: 'Green Machine' Video

What is so bad about landfill waste?
It’s better by FAR to prevent items from going to the landfill. The energy and raw materials used to mine/produce them isn’t wasted AND you avoid the toxic by-products of their decomposition. Read more and watch a video: Landfill Facts (pdf)

Annotated landfill diagram.
Source: Begin with the Bin


Yale Inhaled Anesthetic Climate Initiative ( Gassing Greener App)
FDA Sevoflurane Full Info Sheet (Flow Recs on p.17)
Vaporizer stickers reduce gas waste, JCA 2015
Reducing waste of gas with low-flow software, Anesthesiology 2013
Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Anesthetic Drugs, A&A 2012
Global Warming Potential Inhaled Anesthetics, A&A 2010

Vaporizer Labels
Click on the above picture to download vaporizer labels for your use.


Drug waste analysis, JCA 2016
Monitoring pharmaceuticals in hospital wastewater, J Env Mgt 2015
Low cost protocol for drugs and gasses, JCA 1994
Price labeling and cost consciousness, JCA 1998
Voluntary low-cost protocol, group practice, JCA 1998:

Drug Waste