Life cycle assessment of medical procedures

Vaginal and cesarean section births

Cassandra Lee Thiel, N. Campion, J. DeBlois, N. C. Woods, A. E. Landis, M. M. Bilec

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Abstract

Despite being a heavily regulated industry and one in which patient safety and wellbeing trumps many other concerns, healthcare's environmental impacts can be improved. Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to quantify the environmental impacts associated with cesarean section and vaginal births at a US hospital, this study identifies aspects of birthing procedures upon which hospitals should focus to maximize efforts related to sustainability. This case study hospital, which delivers about 10,000 babies a year, emits about 227,000 kg of CO 2 equivalents annually from birth procedures alone. Results show that for both cesarean section and vaginal births, impacts related to the production and disposal of single-use items, as well as the impacts related to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contribute the most to the impact categories analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: May 16 2012May 18 2012

Other

Other2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period5/16/125/18/12

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Environmental impact
Air conditioning
Ventilation
Sustainable development
Heating
Industry

Keywords

  • healthcare
  • life cycle assessment
  • medical procedure
  • operation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Thiel, C. L., Campion, N., DeBlois, J., Woods, N. C., Landis, A. E., & Bilec, M. M. (2012). Life cycle assessment of medical procedures: Vaginal and cesarean section births. In 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012 [6228000] https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2012.6228000

Life cycle assessment of medical procedures : Vaginal and cesarean section births. / Thiel, Cassandra Lee; Campion, N.; DeBlois, J.; Woods, N. C.; Landis, A. E.; Bilec, M. M.

2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012. 2012. 6228000.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Thiel, CL, Campion, N, DeBlois, J, Woods, NC, Landis, AE & Bilec, MM 2012, Life cycle assessment of medical procedures: Vaginal and cesarean section births. in 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012., 6228000, 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012, Boston, MA, United States, 5/16/12. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2012.6228000
Thiel CL, Campion N, DeBlois J, Woods NC, Landis AE, Bilec MM. Life cycle assessment of medical procedures: Vaginal and cesarean section births. In 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012. 2012. 6228000 https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2012.6228000
Thiel, Cassandra Lee ; Campion, N. ; DeBlois, J. ; Woods, N. C. ; Landis, A. E. ; Bilec, M. M. / Life cycle assessment of medical procedures : Vaginal and cesarean section births. 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2012. 2012.
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