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Critical Care Nursing Quarterly:
doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000028
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Environmental Sustainability in the Intensive Care Unit: Challenges and Solutions

Huffling, Katie MS, RN, CNM; Schenk, Elizabeth PhD, MHI, RN

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Abstract

In acute care practice sites, the intensive care unit (ICU) is one of the most resource-intense environments. Replete with energy-intensive equipment, significant waste production, and multiple toxic chemicals, ICUs contribute to environmental harm and may inadvertently have a negative impact on the health of patients, staff, and visitors. This article evaluates the ICU on four areas of environmental sustainability: energy, waste, toxic chemicals, and healing environment and provides concrete actions ICU nurses can take to decrease environmental health risks in the ICU. Case studies of nurses making changes within their hospital practice are also highlighted, as well as resources for nurses starting to make changes at their health care institutions.

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