Environmental sustainability in neurointerventional procedures: a waste audit

Shum, Pey Ling, Kok, Hong Kuan, Maingard, Julian, Schembri, Mark, Bañez, Ramon Martin Francisco, Van Damme, Vivienne, Barras, Christen, Slater, Lee-Anne, Chong, Winston, Chandra, Ronil V, Jhamb, Ashu, Brooks, Mark and Asadi, Hamed 2020, Environmental sustainability in neurointerventional procedures: a waste audit, Journal of neurointerventional surgery, vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 1053-1057, doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2020-016380.

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Title Environmental sustainability in neurointerventional procedures: a waste audit
Author(s) Shum, Pey Ling
Kok, Hong Kuan
Maingard, Julian
Schembri, Mark
Bañez, Ramon Martin Francisco
Van Damme, Vivienne
Barras, Christen
Slater, Lee-Anne
Chong, Winston
Chandra, Ronil V
Jhamb, Ashu
Brooks, Mark
Asadi, HamedORCID iD for Asadi, Hamed orcid.org/0000-0003-2475-9727
Journal name Journal of neurointerventional surgery
Volume number 12
Issue number 11
Start page 1053
End page 1057
Total pages 5
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication England
Publication date 2020-11
ISSN 1759-8478
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Neurosciences & Neurology
Environmental sustainability
neurointerventional procedures
hospital waste
arteriovenous malformation
Summary Background Operating rooms contribute between 20% to 70% of hospital waste. This study aimed to evaluate the waste burden of neurointerventional procedures performed in a radiology department, identify areas for waste reduction, and motivate new greening initiatives. Methods We performed a waste audit of 17 neurointerventional procedures at a tertiary-referral center over a 3-month period. Waste was categorized into five streams: general waste, clinical waste, recyclable plastic, recyclable paper, and sharps. Our radiology department started recycling soft plastics from 13 December 2019. Hence, an additional recyclable soft plastic waste stream was added from this time point. The weight of each waste stream was measured using a digital weighing scale. Results We measured the waste from seven cerebral digital subtraction angiograms (DSA), six mechanical thrombectomies (MT), two aneurysm-coiling procedures, one coiling with tumour embolization, and one dural arteriovenous fistula embolization procedure. In total, the 17 procedures generated 135.3 kg of waste: 85.5 kg (63.2%) clinical waste, 28.0 kg (20.7%) general waste, 14.7 kg (10.9%) recyclable paper, 3.5 kg (2.6%) recyclable plastic, 2.2 kg (1.6%) recyclable soft plastic, and 1.4 kg (1.0%) of sharps. An average of 8 kg of waste was generated per case. Coiling cases produced the greatest waste burden (13.1 kg), followed by embolization (10.3 kg), MT (8.8 kg), and DSA procedures (5.1 kg). Conclusion Neurointerventional procedures generate a substantial amount of waste, an average of 8 kg per case. Targeted initiatives such as engaging with suppliers to revise procedure packs and reduce packaging, digitizing paper instructions, opening devices only when necessary, implementing additional recycling programs, and appropriate waste segregation have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of our specialty.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/neurintsurg-2020-016380
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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