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J Clin Diagn Res. 2015 Dec;9(12):LE01-5. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2015/13693.6942. Epub 2015 Dec 1.

Green Hospital and Climate Change: Their Interrelationship and the Way Forward.

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1
Assistant Professor (Hospital Administration), Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University , Amritsar, Punjab, India .
2
Consultant Endodontist, Garewal Hospital and Trauma Care Centre , Amritsar, Punjab, India .

Abstract

Climate change is a reality, and the modern healthcare sector not just contributes towards this grave phenomenon but is itself being affected by it. The present review was thus conducted to understand the meaning of 'Green Hospital', to identify the many ways in which health sector is contributing towards climate change, to explore possibilities for countering this grave trend and last of all to look for institutions that are pioneering change. Data for the review was extracted from multiple online sources using the Google search engine. It was found that hospitals, being resource intensive establishments, consume vast amounts of electricity, water, food and construction materials to provide high quality care. It was also found that certain healthcare institutions, by employing simple, smart and sustainable measures can greatly reduce their environmental footprint. But constructing Green Hospitals can be a challenge considering the local conditions and growing customer expectations.

KEYWORDS:

Environmental footprint; Resource intensive

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