The key areas highlighted by the team for enhancing sustainable care were:
- Optimizing ICU capacity for earlier patient discharge, freeing up resources, improving health outcomes, and reducing the carbon footprint
- Reducing supply chain waste, including high CO2 impact single-use items, and promoting cost savings and eco-friendly alternatives
- Cultivating a sustainable staff culture through training, identifying ambassadors, idea sharing, success measurement, and staff recognition
- Efficient management of medical technology to conserve power, reduce waste, and minimize disruptive noise from patient alarms
- Strategically refurbishing existing buildings to cut costs and CO2 emissions by extending their lifespan
Following the analysis, the Trust has implemented a number of recommended initiatives. For more information, read the full case study “Working Together to Green Critical Care”.
Mark Leftwich, Managing Director at Philips UK&I: “Healthcare providers have a responsibility to safeguard both our well-being and our environment, with climate change and human health working hand in hand. This first of kind partnership between Philips and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is an important milestone in the race to reach net zero and provide more sustainable care. As the first 360 sustainability assessment for the NHS, this collaboration shows the potential of finding solutions that care for patients, our health workforce, and the planet all at once, helping to create more resilient health systems for the future."
This program with CDDFT follows similar analyses conducted by Philips at Tampere Heart Hospital (Tampere, Finland), Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, USA) and Champalimaud Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal).
Philips has operated globally carbon-neutral since 2020, embedding EcoDesign principles and circular business models into its innovation processes and ways of working. The company offers a range of health technologies and innovations that help reduce healthcare providers’ impact on the environment. For example, its Philips Spectral CT 7500 uses 62.5% less energy , and the Philips MR – Ingenia Ambition 1.5T, which uses a breakthrough design where the magnetic components are completely sealed and only need seven liters of helium over its lifetime compared to roughly 1,500 liters with other Philips systems . Additionally, with Philips MR SmartSpeed, the Ingenia Ambition 1.5T uses up to 53% less power per patient scan .
 When compared to an equivalent CT model of one of the industry leaders
 Applicable to Ambition S. Philips SmartSpeed power consumption versus Philips SENSE-based scanning. Based on COCIR and an in-house simulated environment. Results can vary based on site conditions.