Inhaled Anesthesia 2020 Challenge Drawdown Campaign
Reduce your facility inhaled anesthetic carbon emissions by 50% by 2020!
Inhaled anesthetics are potent greenhouse gases. Waste anesthetic gases (WAGs) are routinely vented off facility rooftops, where their emissions to the outdoor environment are currently not controlled. Several simple strategies can reduce these emissions, and serve to protect public health, without compromising patient care:
Reduce Inhaled Anesthetic Atmospheric Waste*
*From the ASA Anesthesiology Sustainability Checklist.
1. Utilize low fresh gas flows
2. Avoid high impact inhaled anesthetics: Desflurane, Nitrous Oxide
3. Consider intravenous and regional techniques
4. Invest in WAG trapping (for volatiles only) or WAG destroying (all inhaled anesthetics, including Nitrous Oxide) technology for the Anesthesia Machine