Strategies to enable healthcare professionals to understand and deliver greener respiratory healthcare
Tips you can implement locally in support of greener respiratory healthcare.
Air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK every year and both cause and worsen lung disease. While outdoor air pollution may be a topic for governmental policy, we, as healthcare professionals, can take a range of steps to minimise our own contribution to local levels of air pollution, improve the air quality in our places of work and support patients in managing their risk from air pollution in their daily lives.
ICSs will bring together expertise and insights from the NHS and local councils as well as voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises.
Shared decision making for greener healthcare: Guidance on making safe and clinically appropriate changes to inhalers
With air pollution being a significant factor in the quality of life of patients with lung conditions, the PCRS Greener Healthcare Initiative sets out to promote practical action that can help to reduce the environmental impact of respiratory healthcare.
As a point of principle, we support initiatives to improve air quality, and minimise short- and long-term damage to the environment, particularly those with an impact on climate change resulting from greenhouse gases.
In this article Carol Stonham outlines her plans as the new chair for PCRS including her ambitions around cleaner and kinder respiratory healthcare.