HCWH Europe Newsletter: Only 28 days until CleanMed Europe 2013

 
 August 2013           
 Health Care Without Harm Global Projects

 

 
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Anja Leetz

Only 28 days until CleanMed Europe 2013
PPT on Climate Change and the Role of Healthcare Professionals
The preparations are in full swing for the CleanMed Europe Conference: Pathways to Sustainable Healthcare which is taking place on 17th to 19th September 2013. Having already stamped its authority on the Sustainable Healthcare, CleanMed Europe 2013 will significantly contribute to driving the healthcare industry forward on sustainability and there will be several major initiatives launched.

There is an updated programme, more great speakers and sponsors and a special discount code to give you 20% off day or full conference registrations. Just enter the code CM20 in the discount box at the payment page. (Not applicable to students or exhibitors as these are already discounted.)
 With hundreds of delegates already registered from many countries and disciplines, don’t miss this opportunity to share experiences, ideas and innovations about sustainable healthcare. For more information, please email Rachel Stancliffe.

 
 
 
Member Updates
 
International Council of Nurses - Safe staffing key to quality health care
PPT on Climate Change and the Role of Healthcare Professionals
The International Centre for Human Resources in Nursing (ICHRN) recently released a policy statement on safe staffing levels which highlights the need to ensure an appropriate number of nurses and other staff is available at all times across the continuum of care, with a suitable mix of education, skills and experience to ensure that patient care needs are met and that hazard-free working conditions are maintained (more).
 
 
 
 
Soil Association
PPT on Climate Change and the Role of Healthcare Professionals
In early August 2013, the Soil Association launched the new Sustainable Food Cities programme, in partnership with Food Matters and Sustain. This is the UK’s very first programme to use good food to address some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems including obesity, food poverty and climate change. Sustainable Food Cities aims to transform the access to local, affordable and sustainable food for people across the country (more).
 
 
 
Open Calls
 

Consultation on the revision of Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC)
New HCWH Climate and Health News Service
The objective of the consultation is to gather views for the first review of Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive (Annex I covers groundwater quality standards and Annex II, threshold values for groundwater pollutants and indicators of pollution). The Groundwater Directive requires the Commission to review Annexes I and II of the Directive every six years and come forward with new legislative proposals, if appropriate (more).

 
 
 
Publications
 
Perspectives on alternatives to phthalate plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) in medical devices applications
PPT on Climate Change and the Role of Healthcare Professionals
Major concerns regarding the safety of PVC in medical plastic items have been raised, and several alternatives to phthalates and to PVC itself as well as chemical/physical treatments of PVC to reduce DEHP migration have been proposed. This review outlines recent scientific approaches for preventing DEHP contamination of humans by PVC medical devices, highlighting the impact of the proposed alternative materials on human health and strategies for implementing them. Authors: Federica Chiellini, Marcella Ferri, Andrea Morelli, Lucia Dipaola and Giuseppe Latini. (more)
 
 
 
 

Phthalates in the NICU: Is it safe?
PPT on Climate Change and the Role of Healthcare Professionals
To identify associations between phthalates and health dangers for hospitalised neonates, the authors reviewed the evidence of the risks due to the use of medical devices containing di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate in hospitalised neonates. Several associations with short and long term health dangers, including subfertility, broncho-pulmonary dysplasia, necrotising enterocolitis, parenteral nutrition associated cholestasis and neuro-developmental disorders were identified, based mainly on animal or observational human studies. The authors reinforce the need to improve knowledge in this area and the need for clinicians to be aware of the potential risks due to phthalate exposure in the NICU. Authors: Céline J Fischer, Myriam Bickle Graz, Vincent Muehlethaler, David Palmero and Jean-François Tolsa. (more)

 
 
 
Towards a green economy in Europe - EU environmental policy targets and objectives 2010 – 2050
PPT on Climate Change and the Role of Healthcare Professionals
The report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides some answers, presenting a detailed overview of the key objectives and targets in EU environmental policy and legislation for the period 2010 - 2050. It focuses on selected environmental and resource policy areas, specifically: energy; greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ozone-depleting substances; air quality and air pollution; transport sector emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants; waste; water; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); chemicals; biodiversity and land use (more).
 
 

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