Why YGAS?

About Us

We are a group of like-minded anaesthetic trainees from the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. Our aim is to reduce our environmental impact both at work and at home. We know there are others in the region with the same goals and through collaboration we hope to create ideas and projects to help make a difference. 

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The Problem

If you have landed here you probably have some idea of how our work in anaesthesia has a negative impact on the environment. Below we have highlighted a few of the key issues. 

Anaesthetic vapour use

The anaesthetic gases, including nitrous oxide, we use in our daily practice have a significant negative environmental impact. Through awareness of the global warming potential of different gases and rationalising their use we can help to minimise this.

Waste managment

We create a huge amount of waste whilst at work and at home. Whilst a lot of this cannot be prevented, proper disposal can reduce it's ongoing impact.

Energy use

Hospitals need energy to run, but they don't need as much as they use. For example, it would make a big difference if we all switched off computers that aren't needed over night.

Transport

The nature of our training programme means often we are placed at hospitals far from home. Could you consider using public transport or lift sharing?

What can you do?

This is not an exhaustive list. Neither is it a list of instructions. Think about if you can do any of the below in your day to day life.

Reduce desflurane use

Use low-flow anaesthesia

Use TIVA

Reduce nitrous oxide use

Consider using regional anaesthesia

Use oral medications where possible

Dispose of waste responsibly

Collaborate

Educate

Stay informed

Travel responsibly

Consider your diet

Find out what we are up to

Check out our projects page to see what we are working on and how to get involved. 

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