What were we asked to look at?
The Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG) has been asked to look at volatile capture technologies (VCTs) designed for use in anaesthetic rooms and operating theatres. We have been asked to consider the evidence supporting the use of VCTs in reducing carbon emissions from inhaled anaesthetics (isoflurane, desflurane and sevoflurane). We have also been asked to determine if these offer good value for money.
Why is this important?
Volatile gases used in anaesthesia contribute to global warming and climate change. VCTs aim to reduce the amount of these gases which are released into the atmosphere. They instead capture the gases, with the intention of recycling them. However, there is some uncertainty around the cost and usability of the devices.