This week, 2 – 8 October, is Libraries Week 2023. Libraries Week is an annual showcase and celebration of the best that libraries have to offer, with a different theme each year. This year’s theme is on sustainability and climate change and what libraries can do to promote green choices.
To mark the week we have pulled together a list of resources on the topic of green healthcare held at the Royal Society of Medicine Library, accessible to RSM members. We hope this reading list is helpful in aiding our members to consider whether they can make any changes within their practice to reduce their impact on the planet and develop a greener healthcare sector.
RSM members enjoy free access to key medical databases, e-journals and e-books to support clinical decision making and research.
The Royal Society of Medicine; RSM Surgery Section Council member discusses the future of green surgery, 2023
The Royal Society of Medicine; Single-use surgical items contribute two-thirds of carbon footprint of products used in common operations, 2023
Anastasopoulos, NA. & Papalois, V. How can we address the ever-pressing need to 'green up' surgical practice in the National Health Service? Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2022 Jun;115(6):213-219. Available online to RSM members.
Baid, H. et al. Towards net zero: critical care. BMJ. 2023 Jun 1;381:e069044. Available online to RSM members.
Bhopal, A. & Norheim, OF. Priority setting and net zero healthcare: how much health can a tonne of carbon buy? BMJ. 2021 Oct 28;375:e067199. Available online to RSM members.
Bhopal, A. et al. How do we decarbonise fairly? Emissions, inequities and the implications for net zero healthcare. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2022 Sep;115(9):337-340. Freely available online.
Gordon, D. Sustainability in the Operating Room: Reducing Our Impact on the Planet. Anesthesiol Clin. 2020 Sep;38(3):679-692. Freely available online.
McGain, F. et al. Environmental sustainability in anaesthesia and critical care. Br J Anaesth. 2020 Nov;125(5):680-692. Freely available online.
Mulcahy, E. Embedding net zero in health and care for the good of our health and our health service. BMJ. 2022 Feb 4;376:o306. Available online to RSM members.
Meen, TH. et al. Special Issue on Clinical Medicine for Healthcare and Sustainability. J Clin Med. 2020 Jul 13;9(7):2206. Freely available online.
Molero, A. et al. Sustainability in Healthcare: Perspectives and Reflections Regarding Laboratory Medicine. Ann Lab Med. 2021 Mar 1;41(2):139-144. Freely available online.
NHS England. Delivering a ‘net zero’ National Health Service. 2022 Jul. Freely available online.
Orchard, JW. Sport and exercise medicine: leading the race towards net zero. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Apr;57(7):386-387. Available online to RSM members.
Rizan, C. & Bhutta, MF. Strategy for net-zero carbon surgery. Br J Surg. 2021 Jul 23;108(7):737-739. Available online to RSM members.
Rizan, C. et al. The carbon footprint of products used in five common surgical operations: identifying contributing products and processes. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine; 2023; 116 (6); 199-213. Freely available online.
Shum, PL. et al. Sustainability in interventional radiology: are we doing enough to save the environment? CVIR Endovasc. 2022 Nov 28;5(1):60. Freely available online.
Turner, G. et al. Implementation of adaptation to climate change in public health in Europe: qualitative thematic analysis. Lancet. 2022 Nov;400 Suppl 1:S81. Available online to RSM members.
Van Hove, M. et al. What do public health professionals think their role is in tackling the climate and ecological emergency? A qualitative study. Lancet. 2022 Nov;400 Suppl 1:S83. Available online to RSM members.
Weimann, L. & Weimann, E. On the road to net zero health care systems: governance for sustainable health care in the United Kingdom and Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022 Sep 26;19(19):12167. Freely available online.