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Multifaceted Approach to Reduce Emissions from Anesthesia

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Participants learned how association member University of California San Francisco Health (UCSF Health), in San Francisco, is working to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 through emission reduction efforts.

UCSF Health is tackling scope 1 and 2 emissions, with a large component focusing on anesthesia gases. Participants heard from Seema Gandhi, MD, one of only nine medical directors of sustainability in the country, and Priya Ramaswamy, MD, who led the technical deployment of a real-time clinical decision support system to reduce the carbon footprint of anesthetics across the UC system.

Participants discovered how their hospital can begin tackling anesthesia gas emissions, specifically by reducing the gas desflurane and changing how anesthetics are used. Emissions reduction is a critical aspect of reducing a hospital system’s contribution to climate change and a tangible and feasible project on which all member hospitals can embark.


Seema Gandhi, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Medical Director of Sustainability
UCSF Health

Priya Ramaswamy, MD
Anesthesiologist Clinical Informatics Fellow
UCSF Health

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