|Title:||A Survey of the Multidisciplinary Team Understanding of the Impact of Inhalers on Carbon Footprint|
|Author(s):||S.Green1 , D. Linehan3 , J.O’Callaghan4 , C.Wynne4 , E.Hurley5 , S.Owens6 , J.Allen7 , M.McDonald8 , K.M.A. O’Reilly1, 2,|
|Institution:||Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin|
|Poster:||Click to view poster|
|Abstract:||Health care’s climate footprint is equivalent to 4.4% of global net emission1). Pressurised metred dose inhalers (MDIs) contain a propellant (hydrofluroalkanes) which has a disproportionate global warming potential to dry powdered inhalers (DPIs) and soft mist inhalers (SMIs).|
In this study an anonymous, online, 23 question, survey of the respiratory multidisciplinary team assessed the understanding of the impact of inhalers on carbon footprint. Sixty-one members of the respiratory multidisciplinary team completed the survey. Sixty two percent of respondents prescribe inhalers at least weekly. Eighty percent would appreciate further training on inhaler technique. Forty-seven percent were not aware that some inhalers release greenhouse gases and eighty nine percent had never discussed the
correct disposal of inhalers with their patients. Half did not feel confident identifying patients who do require an MDI and those could be suitably managed with a DPI. Ninety-four percent felt it was important to consider carbon footprint when choosing an inhaler for a patient.
When informed, the respiratory multidisciplinary team recognises the importance of considering carbon footprint when prescribing inhalers. Further education is welcomed by the respiratory multidisciplinary team to increase awareness of the impact of inhalers on carbon footprint.