Is Sustainability the Future of Surgery?

A startling statistic: “If the health sector globally were a country, it would be the fifth [largest] emitter of greenhouse gases,” says Susan Wilburn of Care Without Harm.
 
And surgery is one of medicine’s most energy-sucking specialties, a Lancet paperwarned this month.
 
So, how to expand access to lifesaving operations without “breaking the planet”?
 
For one, developing countries can design sustainability into their surgical infrastructure and leapfrog the West’s wasteful practices. Some have already taken steps to do just that. Just look at Haiti’s solar-powered hospital, or a Rwandan hospital’s  natural ventilation.
 
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