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Using desflurane to put a patient to sleep for an hour of surgery equivalent to driving up to 470 miles, study found.

THURSDAY, July 8 HealthDay News Inhaled anesthetics used to put patients to sleep during surgery contribute to global climate change, according to a new study.

Researchers determined that the use of these anesthetics by a busy hospital can contribute as much to climate change as the emissions from 100 to 1,200 cars a year, depending on the type of anesthetic used, said University of California anesthesiologist Dr. Susan M. Nielsen, a computer scientist at the University of Oslo in Norway.

The three major inhaled anesthetics used for surgery sevofluran sneakers boots e, isoflurane, and desflurane are recognized greenhouse gases, but their contribution to climate change has received little attention because theyre considered medically necessary and are used in relatively small amounts.

These anesthetics undergo very little metabolic change in the body, the researchers noted. When theyre exhaled by patients, theyre almost exactly the same as they were when administered by anesthetist. Most of the or sneakers boots ganic anesthetic gases remain for a long time in the atmosphere where they have the potential to act as greenhouse gases.

Desflurane has a 10year lifetime in the atmosphere, compared with 3.6 years for isoflurane sneakers boots and 1.2 years for sevoflurane. When they factored in the flow rates at which the different anesthetics are given, the researchers calculated that desflurane has about 26 times the global warming potential as sevoflurane and 13 times the potential of isoflurane.

Using desflurane for one hour is equivalent to 235 to 470 miles of driving, according to the study.

The environmental impact of anesthetics can be reduced by not using nitrous oxide unless there are medical reasons to do so, avoiding unnecessarily high anesthetic flow rates especially with desflurane and by developing new methods of capturing anesthetic gases for reuse, rather than releasing them into the atmosphere, the researchers suggested. sneakers boots

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