Environmental Synergy News & Updates
Many believe that in order to offset one's carbon footprint, one must start riding their bicycles more or reusing bags at the grocery store. Although this helps, it may be discouraging as it seems their efforts are too small to even account for anything. However, they must realize they are not doing it alone. Many large companies and corporations are tackling these greenhouse gases and finding ways to reduce, and eventually eliminate, their carbon footprint. Alongside those in the retail and even on university campuses, participants in the medical field have used their resources in order to use products that are environmentally friendly. For example, vital sign monitors, which can measure blood pressure, heart rate, and other important information about a patient, have in a way, evolved over time to be more sustainable. In the past, patients were set up with analog monitors which, in short, did not hold the capacity to relay multiple vital signs or allow alarms if the patient's vitals were dropping or inconsistent. Thus, for medical specialists to gather information about their patients, they had to tend to multiple monitors, which were specialized in specific vitals. We were then curious as to how the medical field addressed this issue and from data gathered from Vital Sign Monitors, we found out that due to recent developments, monitors sold are only digital. This allows monitors to provide information on multiple measurements on the patient. Due to these changes, the production of these digital monitors decrease carbon emissions since only one monitor needs to be produced, rather than three or four different kinds. There are many other ways in which the medical field is keeping the environment in mind, while keeping their patients' health a top priority. We are excited to continue to research new ways in which other companies and individuals are doing their part to decrease their carbon footprint and help sustain the environment.