Nitrous Oxide

The Healthcare Without Harm Report showed 5.6% of UK emissions are from healthcare and NHS Wales Decarbonisation plan includes anaesthetic gases reduction.

Did you know that Nitrous Oxide has 265 x the global warming potential of CO2? 

As a result, a project was completed earlier in the year and presented at the Green Health Wales Conference by Amarantha Fennell-Wells which queried the supply of nitrous oxide vs use resulting in the possibility of ‘leaks’ or loss of this gas from the manifold supply. 

Taking these project findings forward, a group has been established to explore how nitrous oxide can be delivered via small cylinders and eliminate the use of the manifold system.

 The Multi-disciplinary project group includes Estates, Anaesthetic Support, Pharmacy, Anaesthetists, ODPs, Nursing staff, Health & Safety and Shared Services.

Following attendance at the Spread & Scale Academy in October a plan was developed to undertake a prototype during November/December on the use of cylinders in Children’s Hospital for Wales and following this evaluation then this will roll out to all areas in the Children’s Hospital with a plan to take the cylinder model across the Health Board.

The group is linking in with Welsh Government and across Wales with other clinicians also reporting results of this project.

If you require further information please contact Elaine.lewis5@wales.nhs.uk.