Are we ready for "green surgery" to promote environmental sustainability in the operating room? Results from the WSES STAR investigation

STAR Study Group, Dieter G. Weber

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Abstract

Background: The importance of environmental sustainability is acknowledged in all sectors, including healthcare. To meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda, healthcare will need a paradigm shift toward more environmentally sustainable practices that will also impact clinical decision-making. The study investigates trauma and emergency surgeons’ perception, acceptance, and employment of environmentally friendly habits. Methods: An online survey based on the most recent literature regarding environmental sustainability in healthcare and surgery was created by a multidisciplinary committee and endorsed by the World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES). The survey was advertised to the 917 WSES members through the society’s website and Twitter/X profile. Results: 450 surgeons from 55 countries participated in the survey. Results underline both a generally positive attitude toward environmental sustainability but also a lack of knowledge about several concepts and practices, especially concerning the potential contribution to patient care. Discussion: The topic of environmental sustainability in healthcare and surgery is still in its infancy. There is a clear lack of salient guidance and knowledge, and there is a critical need for governments, institutions, health agencies, and scientific societies to promote, disseminate, and report environmentally friendly initiatives and their potential impacts while employing an interdisciplinary approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery
Volume19
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jan 2024

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