Environmental sustainability of intensive care service provision

Heather Baid, Tom Ainsworth, Chris Allen, Jason Beeching, Boza Kubra, Eleanor Damm, Gabby Dempster, Anna Fuhrmann, Åsa Israelsson-Skogsberg, Trish McCready, Jessica Mills, Ann Price, Becky Ritchie, Dipak Sarker, Oliver Slaughter, Fredrika Sundberg, Ryan Woodard

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The GREEN-ICU (GREater ENvironmental sustainability in Intensive Care Units) research team includes intensive care nurses and doctors from University and clinical settings; sustainability experts with backgrounds in energy, procurement, materials science, design and waste management; and a former intensive care patient. This presentation will present findings from a systematic review addressing this question: what is the range of environmentally sustainable practices undertaken in intensive care settings?

MethodsThe systematic review protocol is registered with PROSPERO (CRD42020205717) which details the full strategy for database searching and analysis of the final sample of publications selected for inclusion.

A comprehensive search of the literature revealed a limited number of research-based articles to guide environmental sustainability in intensive care practice. Key themes will be summarised in the presentation highlighting priorities for where future research is needed.

Large volumes of resources are needed to care for critically ill patients. This systematic review provides an initial foundation for exploring the environmental sustainability of resource-use within intensive care units.

Relevance to / impact on the triple bottom line
The GREEN-ICU team is using this review to plan a multi-phase, mixed-methods research project to develop evidence-based recommendations for how intensive care units can effectively reduce their carbon footprint, while maintaining financial and social co-benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2021
EventSustainable Healthcare Academic Research and Enterprise - Online
Duration: 7 May 20217 May 2021


ConferenceSustainable Healthcare Academic Research and Enterprise
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