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Kick-off Interdisciplinary Thesis Lab ‘Sustainable Hospitals’

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February 17, 2022

‘How do we create a sustainable hospital?’ This is the main question the Interdisciplinary Thesis Lab ‘Sustainable Hospitals’ centers around. On February 9th, eleven (including international) master students have started their master thesis research project related to this very question. Medical Delta’s Thesis Lab and the LDE Centre for Sustainability will supervise these students during their research.

Together, the students will research sustainability from different angles. Some examples of their research focus are: sustainable and safe treatments for patients, re-usage of medical instruments used in the operating theatre, and the implementation of green initiatives in the management and organization of care.

7% of the total Dutch CO2-footprint comes from the healthcare sector, including emission by power consumption, medicine and traveling. Moreover, hospitals produce a lot of waste, of which 20 to 30% comes from the operating theatre. This pollution increases when implementing new technologies and materials. Thus, there’s plenty of motivation to facilitate research on making the healthcare sector more sustainable. The research results from the master students will be made available in practical solutions to healthcare professionals, researchers, medical doctors and/or patients, ensuring the master students have an immediate influence on making hospital care more sustainable.
 
Read more about the Thesis Lab Sustainable Hospitals and the research projects taking place here: https://www.medicaldelta.nl/nieuws/interdisciplinair-thesis-lab-sustainable-hospitals-van-start (Dutch)


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