At Armstrong Medical we recognise the importance of environmental protection and we are committed to ways of working which, over time, reduce our impact on the environment.
Our commitment to the environment ensures that we strive to carry out all necessary activities, to protect the environment and to continually improve our Environmental Management System through assessments, prevention, reduction and control of all environmental aspects within the business.
We have a dedicated cross-functional team which regularly assesses our business and explores opportunities to improve our impact on the environment. This has lead, for example, to:
- Waste reduction through higher levels of recycling;
- Installation of more energy efficient production lines and facilities;
- Offsetting our electricity consumption through the installation of solar panels.
For more information, see our Environmental Policy.
Sustainability in Healthcare
Sustainability is also a key topic amongst healthcare providers but the concept of “reuse” and “recycle” can be very difficult to implement in healthcare, and so Armstrong Medical’s main focus is to “reduce” the amount of plastic used wherever possible.
Here the poll results from the recent event NNA – Neonatal Nurses Association Conference 2021 in March – showing clearly the need for more initiatives:
Facemask without hook ring – the power of marginal gains
In 2019, Nigel Armstrong spoke at the NHS Climate Change Summit in London, the first of four events leading up to the NHS Sustainability Day:
“Since the LMA became common practice in the late 1990’s the hook ring on an anaesthetic face mask has become redundant. Weighing only 3g of plastic it may seem insignificant however Royal Cornwall Hospital in 2018 collected hook rings over a 4 week period which resulted in 6kg of waste. This would have equated to 78kg of waste per hospital per year. With our ability to customise we can increase the saving of waste from 3g to 23g per patient.”
Airway procedure packs
Reduce packaging waste and improve convenience with Ultra Select
These procedure packs are customised to your specification for maximum convenience and minimum waste.
AMSORB® Plus - Supporting Sustainable Anaesthesia
Inhalation anaesthetic gases contribute to climate change – accounting for 5% of NHS CO2 emissions. 2% (590,000 ton) of all UK industrial and commercial waste is generated by the NHS.
Each UK operating room generates between 52-78kg of hazardous soda lime waste per year – equivalent to 166-249 ton in the UK.
Reduced carbon footprint from single site manufacturing