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Greening critical care

Martin Chapman1* and Alison Chapman2

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1 Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Rm D108, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4N 3M5

2 Freelancer, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Rm D108, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4N 3M5

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Critical Care 2011, 15:302  doi:10.1186/cc9409

Published: 15 March 2011

Abstract

Climate change and environmental stewardship are phrases that have been defining the past few decades and promoting change in our societies. The sensitivities of intensive care as a specialty make the process of greening an intensive care unit a challenge, but not one that is insurmountable. This paper discusses opportunities for critical care to reduce its environmental impact and provide a framework change. The article includes suggestions of what can be done as an individual, as a unit and as a hospital. Generally, practices in critical care are accepted without questioning the environmental consequences. We believe it is time for change, and critical care should give environmental stewardship a higher priority.