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A3 – Driving an Anesthetic Gas Guzzler? Engage Clinicians and Reduce Anesthetic Gas Footprint

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Climate change represents a significant issue for global health and is considered by the WHO to be the defining public health issue for the 21st century. The 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report calls people at all levels to immediate action. However, the necessary scale of social organizing required to inspire widespread behavioral change is daunting. Certainly, there is a role for regulation and policy changes, but there is also a role for grassroots efforts. As such, there is a critical need for resonant arguments to motivate change in individuals that, when multiplied across facilities and communities, achieves significant results. How do we motivate individuals to action and change? The answers may be different depending upon our practice environment (academic vs private) and our respective leadership authority (absolute vs influence). Personally, my clinical work is entirely within the Providence St Joseph Health system, which in itself has ~60 hospitals spread across 7 states. What strategies might be more effective in private practice settings and across large, diverse private healthcare systems? For most clinicians, I believe the answer lies with customized data and an easily digested series of arguments that highlight the impact of each individual as well as the collective impact of the group. This stripping away of anonymity combined with an analysis of the collective impact when everyone pulls together in the same direction provides a powerful message.

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