Sustainability in the Operating Room

70% of waste from the healthcare sector comes from operating rooms, and labor and delivery units.

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Overview of Operating Room waste in Ophthalmology

Given that ophthalmology has the highest procedural volumes of any specialty⁠—29 million cataract surgeries performed in 2019, and an expected 50 million to be performed yearly by 2050⁠—ophthalmology professionals are positioned to lead sustainability efforts for the healthcare profession by focusing on reducing waste in the OR. 


Surveys of Ophthalmologists

Surveys of ophthalmologists have demonstrated substantial concern about ophthalmology’s impact on global warming. More than 90% of survey respondents believe that OR waste is excessive.


Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Your Operating Room

The EyeSustain-Zasti Carbon Footprint Calculator will help you understand the impact of your operating room carbon emissions. By answering some basic questions about your facility size, surgical volume, and estimated waste, you'll receive an estimated carbon emissions report based on multiple data points from various cataract surgeries.


Key Topics that Impact Sustainability in the Operating Room

Multisociety Ophthalmic Instrument Cleaning and Sterilization (OICS) Task Force

The task force is focused on reducing unnecessary waste in ophthalmic surgery.

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Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society (OOSS) surveys and resources

Ophthalmic-driven ASCs are uniquely positioned to make a positive impact on environmental sustainability.

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Resource Library

Find more resources on sustainability for your practice.

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