Climate Conscious Inhaler Prescribing

Thu, December 08, 2022
ZOOM Webinar


Metered dose inhalers produce significant carbon emissions. Ironically, these contribute to changes to the climate that can exacerbate respiratory conditions. Simple practice changes can help disrupt this cycle and lessen the health sector's contributions to climate change. 

Learning outcomes:

•    Explore the carbon footprint of healthcare systems and how inhalers contribute to it
•    Examine two problems related to inhaler prescribing
•    Imagine practice change that results in immediate reduction in emissions: "high value, low carbon care"


Dr. Kimberly Wintemute: Kimberly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She practices within Southeast Toronto Family Health Team. Her past leadership roles include Primary Care Co-Lead of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign and Medical Director of North York Family Health Team. She works with the Ontario College of Family Physicians as a facilitator and Scientific Planning Committee Member for the Practicing Wisely Course. Her research and QI efforts have focused primarily around two themes: reducing unnecessary health care activity and addressing social inequities that affect health.

Dr. Celia Culley: Celia is a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy clinical coordinator in Victoria BC at Royal Jubilee Hospital. She has been an invited guest speaker and panellist on the health impacts of climate change, as well as the climate impacts of health care, empowering health care professionals to advocate for positive change in the health care sector. Dr. Culley and her team’s quality improvement work on inhaler use in hospital settings was selected in 2022 as a national innovation in partnership with CASCADES and Environment and Climate Change Canada to further develop, implement and study sustainable inpatient care. She sits on the National Advisory Committee for inhaler sustainability and is a frequent guest lecturer on sustainable healthcare at local and national conferences.

When: Thursday, December 8, 2022 (12:00-1:00 PM EDT)

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