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HealthcareLCA

A DATABASE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS WITHIN HEALTHCARE

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This page provides a summary of our collective impact to date, including relevant publications by our team, media coverage, inclusion of our database on university library websites, and our social media presence.

Read on to explore HealthcareLCA's impact within the healthcare sustainability field.

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Website traffic

Since launch, more than 6,000 individual users have used our database from nearly 80 countries. We see lots of returning users, indicating they're finding our database useful.

  • Drew J, Christie SD, Rainham D, Rizan C. HealthcareLCA: an open-access living database of health-care environmental impact assessments. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2022 Dec 1;6(12):e1000-12. DOI: 10.1016/S2542-5196(22)0025
  • Rizan C, Steinbach I, Nicholson R, Lillywhite R, Reed M, Bhutta MF. The carbon footprint of surgical operations: a systematic review. Annals of surgery. 2020 Dec 1;272(6):986-95. DOI: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003951
  • Drew J, Christie SD, Tyedmers P, Smith-Forrester J, Rainham D. Operating in a climate crisis: a state-of-the-science review of life cycle assessment within surgical and anesthetic care. Environmental health perspectives. 2021 Jul 12;129(7):076001. DOI: 10.1289/EHP8666
  • Rizan C, Lillywhite R, Reed M, Bhutta MF. The carbon footprint of products used in five common surgical operations: identifying contributing products and processes. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2023 Apr 13:01410768231166135. DOI: 10.1177/01410768231166135
  • Rizan C, Brophy T, Lillywhite R, Reed M, Bhutta MF. Life cycle assessment and life cycle cost of repairing surgical scissors. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 2022 Jun;27(6):780-95. DOI: 10.1007/s11367-022-02064-7
  • Rizan C, Lillywhite R, Reed M, Bhutta MF. Minimising carbon and financial costs of steam sterilisation and packaging of reusable surgical instruments. British Journal of Surgery. 2022 Feb 1;109(2):200-10. DOI: 10.1093/bjs/znab406
  • Rizan C, Bhutta MF. Environmental impact and life cycle financial cost of hybrid (reusable/single-use) instruments versus single-use equivalents in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surgical Endoscopy. 2022 Jun:1-2. DOI: 10.1007/s00464-021-08728-z
  • Rizan C, Bhutta MF. Strategy for net-zero carbon surgery. British Journal of Surgery. 2021 Jul 1;108(7):737-9. DOI: 10.1093/bjs/znab130

Relevant publications by our team

HealthcareLCA: an open-access living database of health-care environmental impact assessments

The Lancet Planetary Health, December, 2023.

Selected social media coverage

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  • Dalhousie University News. Research project aims to improve environmental performance of health care systems. July 6, 2023.
    Available at: www.dal.ca
  • The House. Innovations in Sustainable Healthcare. June 5, 2023.
    Available at: www.politicshome.com
  • The Conversation. Tracking health care’s global environmental impact is a step toward more sustainable health systems. April 12, 2023.
    Available at: www.thecoversation.com
  • Saltwire. Tracking health care’s global environmental impact is a step toward more sustainable health systems. May 1, 2023.Available at: www.saltwire.com
  • National Health Executive. Environmental impact database launches for global healthcare. December 13, 2022.
    Available at: www.nationalhealthexecutive.com
  • National Health Executive. Global database of healthcare's environmental impacts launched. January / February 2023.
    Available at: www.nationalhealthexecutive.com
  • Envirotec. Global database of healthcare’s environmental impacts launched. December 13, 2022.
    Available at: www.envirotecmagazine.com
  • Zephyrnet. Global database of healthcare’s environmental impacts launched. December 13, 2022.
    Available at:
    www.zephyrnet.com
  • AirQualityNews. New database looks to reduce healthcare's '5% of global emissions'. December 13, 2022.
    Available at:
    www.airqualitynews.com
  • Corporate Advisor. Sustainable healthcare database launched. December 12, 2023.
    Available at:
    www.corporate-adviser.com

Selected media coverage

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University libraries that list our database

Launch webinar

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Supporters

The creation of HealthLCA was not commissioned by any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. Our website and database is maintained free-of-charge.

Our annual operating expenses, which include the costs associated with hosting this platform online, total $350 CAD.

This amount is generously covered by the Creating Sustainable Health Systems in a Climate Crisis project within the Healthy Populations Institute, a multi-faculty research institute at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. This project is run in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Health Systems in Ontario, Canada and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare in the UK.

funding

HealthLCA relies on generous support from the health community. To ensure that our database remains freely available, we depend on annual or one-off donations from individuals or organisations. Our annual fundraising target is $350 CAD. This simply covers the cost of hosting our platform online.

Take action

Get involved

If you are interested in joining the global movement of healthcare workers fighting for a healthy and sustainable planet, get involved with one of the many advocacy groups.

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International—

International—

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United Kingdom—

United States—

Canada—

European Union—

Australia—

1. Reduce health care’s climate footprint now

2. The health sector must support a societal transition to clean, renewable energy

3. Chart the course for zero emissions health care by 2050

4. Make development assistance for health climate-smart

5. Establish and implement government action plans for climate-smart health care

6. Deepen research on health care and climate change

Six action areas for climate-smart healthcare from Healthcare Without Harm's 2019 report