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Sustainable Anesthesiology

Contact Information:
Karin Zuegge, MD
Assistant Professor

Public Health and Climate Change: Lancet 2015
Estimate of the Carbon Footprint of the US Health Care Sector: JAMA 2009

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
Introduction to Waste and Recycling in the OR (pdf)
'An operation to turn waste into art' Wisconsinn State Journal Feb 26, 2017

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