The manufacture of virgin anaesthetic agents and their eventual release as waste volatile gases is highly damaging to the environment and contributes significantly to the total carbon footprint of healthcare.
There is an unmet need to reduce the impact of waste volatile anaesthetic agents on the atmosphere to protect our environment for future generations.
With the NHS committed to an 80% reduction in CO2e from anaesthetic gases by 2032, an innovative solution is needed.
From the initial concept set out in 2015, SageTech Medical have developed a UKCA Marked, Class 1 Medical Device that is able to safely integrate with anaesthetic machines. The device (SID-Dock) can capture the waste volatile anaesthetic agents that are currently released as direct emissions listed as Scope 1 emissions in the NHS net zero document.
SageTech Medical has also developed methods of extraction and purification that will ultimately see the volatile agents being offered back for clinical use, creating a circular economy solution.
SageTech Medical received bespoke assistance from AHSN NENC, helping to evaluate their innovation, and develop their value proposition to facilitate adoption and spread. The AHSN NENC team have supported SageTech Medical to access expertise within the NHS, so that the solution developed is as widely applicable as possible. AHSN NENC met with SageTech Medical regularly and facilitated introductions to professional user groups and PPI groups. Outputs from these introductions to new partners have included sustainability champions at the NHS trust and specialist expertise in sustainability and health data analysis.