Clinical sustainability: Environmental stewardship at the bedside

Presented with the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, this session will explore clinical sustainability as an important strategy in advancing climate-smart health care.

Learn how:

  • clinicians embrace opportunities to conserve resources and promote sustainable practices.
  • clinical care impacts health care resource utilization and waste production.
  • life cycle assessment allows clinicians to make evidence-based, environmentally preferable decisions.

 

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Session details:

Participants will learn how research methods, like life cycle assessment, can be used to quantify health care emissions and guide practice improvement and why clinical sustainability is an important strategy in protecting public health.

The health care sector has a significant carbon footprint, largely due to the tremendous resources required to provide clinical care. Reducing wasteful clinical practices can yield cost savings, along with waste and emissions reductions, and make clinical care more environmentally responsible, leading to clinical sustainability.

Clinical sustainability closely examines the processes of delivering care and aims to identify ways to improve the environmental performance of clinical practice without compromising quality. It evaluates how and why health care resources are used in an effort to reduce clinical care’s overall environmental footprint.

Presented by Health Care Without Harm with the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health