Acta Scientific Neurology (ASNE) (ISSN: 2582-1121)

Perspective Volume 5 Issue 9

Greening the Neurosurgical Operating Room: The Environmental Impact of Spine Surgery

Mihir Gupta MD1,2*

1Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Baltimore, MD, United States of America
2Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, Boston, MA, United States of America

*Corresponding Author: Mihir Gupta MD, Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Baltimore, MD, United States of America and Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, Boston, MA, United States of America.

Received: July 21,2022; Published: August 12, 2022

Abstract

Emerging studies have called attention to the rising environmental impact of healthcare delivery. In the United States, the healthcare sector has a carbon footprint exceeding 7-10% of total national carbon dioxide emissions annually [1,2]. Hospitals are the largest contributor, responsible for approximately 40% of total healthcare-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.1 US healthcare has been estimated to cause an annual loss of 614,000 disability-adjusted life-years due to the harmful effects of GHG emissions [3]. The relative contributions of various surgical specialties to the environmental footprint of healthcare remain unknown.

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Citation

Citation: Mihir Gupta MD. “Greening the Neurosurgical Operating Room: The Environmental Impact of Spine Surgery". Acta Scientific Neurology 5.9 (2022): 19-20.

Copyright

Copyright: © 2022 Mihir Gupta MD. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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