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9 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9 T he impact inhalational anesthetics have on the environ- ment is probably greater than you real- ize. Consider these planet-polluting reali- ties: • Administering the inhalational agent des- flurane at 10.0 liters per minute for 1 hour has the same global warming potential as driving a car from Outpatient Surgery's home office in subur- ban Philadelphia to AORN's headquarters in Denver, Colo. • Inhalational anesthetics are responsible for half of the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions coming from perioperative services. • Waste anesthesia gas is responsible for more than 5% of a hospi- tal's carbon footprint. • The U.S. healthcare system accounts for 10% of the nation's green- house gases. Go Green With Anesthesia Gases How you can protect the planet from wasted inhalational anesthetics. Anesthesia Alert Daniel Cook | Executive Editor • AIR QUALITY All inhaled anesthetics are potent greenhouse gases, but desflu- rane and nitrous oxide have the greatest impact on the environment. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR OSE_1906_part3.qxp_Layout 1 6/7/19 11:50 AM Page 94

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