April 9-16, 2007

New technology will capture, recycle potent GHG anaesthetic compounds at hospital

OTTAWA, ONT-A significant milestone in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the healthcare sector was marked with the installation of Blue-Zone's patented Delta(TM) technology in all the operating rooms at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Blue-Zone's technology captures, reclaims and purifies the halogenated inhalation anaesthetic gases commonly used in hospital operating rooms. These are very aggressive greenhouse gases, some with global warming potential up to 1,900 times that of carbon dioxide. Most of these gases escape into the atmosphere during medical application. Blue-Zone's technology can capture and recycle the vented anaesthetic gases, which can then be re-used from ten to 20 times. This allows hospitals to realize substantial savings on their anaesthetic gas costs while preventing harmful GHG emissions. On hand to celebrate the installation on April 2 were Blue-Zone Technologies president Dusanka Filipovic; Michel Bilodeau, president and CEO of the CHEO; Vicky Sharpe, president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and federal Environment Minister John Baird.

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