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RCSI publishes ‘roadmap’ for sustainability in surgery

By Reporter - 08th Feb 2024

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Sustainable practice must become a  “core competency”  for all members of multidisciplinary surgical teams, according to a new RCSI report.

The report, produced by the RCSI Council sub-committee for sustainable surgery, sets out “a roadmap for reducing the carbon footprint of surgery in Ireland”. The committee was chaired by Prof Camilla Carroll.

The report recommends establishing “green teams and a green theatre champion” at each hospital site to help the implementation of a “green theatre” checklist.

The RCSI document states that education and training of healthcare staff in the “principles and practice of delivering sustainable surgical care” through programs endorsed by professional bodies is also required. 

“Climate change is the  biggest health threat of the 21st century,” said Prof Carroll.

“As surgeons we must be empowered through education and leadership to play our part in reducing the carbon footprint associated with the delivery of surgical care. I urge RCSI Members and Fellows and the wider surgical community to review this report.”

Prof Laura Viani, RCSI President, said that “there is no part of human life that is not being affected by the impact of climate change.  Healthcare and surgery are no different. It is vital that the surgical community understand the steps they can take towards environmental stewardship and mitigation against climate change.”

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