Providence, which has 52 hospitals and 1085 clinics in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, set a goal to become carbon negative across the organization by 2030. Part of meeting that goal includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to anesthetic gasses by shifting clinical practices from using desflurane to sevoflurane. Since launching the transition in 2016, Providence has decreased its anesthesia related GHG emissions by 78% and is saving $2.4 million annually.
How They Did It:
- Showed anesthesiologists data about their individual agent usage and its environmental impact
- Talked to anesthesiologists about research that supports the safety and efficacy of sevoflurane, the more environmentally friendly and cost-effective agent
- Slowly introduced small barriers to using desflurane, the more environmentally harmful agent
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