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Reminder: Practice Green Health Symposium TOMORROW!

September 10th, 2014

Tomorrow is Practice Green Health’s Greening the OR Symposium in Chicago.  Today is the last day to register. During the course of a one day workshop, discussion will cover strategies in the OR to reduce the environmental footprint and how to engage key stakeholders to make lasting changes. Topics will include energy and water reduction, waste minimization, environmentally preferable purchasing, and more.  More information here.

Health Care Savings Will More Than Cover the Cost of Reducing Emissions

September 5th, 2014

RP Siegel writes: “People, primarily skeptics, often want to know what is the business case for taking action on climate change. Typically, all they can see is the prospect of energy prices going up since, they imagine, energy companies will be forced to make expensive modifications or pay taxes or credits that will raise the price of everything else while providing nothing additional in return. My favorite answer to the question is this one: What is the business case for not taking action? But recently I discovered another set of numbers that justify taking action, which leads me to believe there are probably even more waiting to be discovered.”

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Dan Vukelich Speaks at International Conference on SUDs in Saudi Arabia

September 3rd, 2014

Dan Vukelich is in attendance at the International Conference on Single Use Devices in Saudi Arabia. You can find him listed in the program under the third session: “Reprocessing of “Single-Use” Medical Devices: Legal liability and ethical aspects…Experience in the U.S.A.”

View all speakers here.

Infection Control Today Cites Reprocessing In Review of “Essentials” for Infection Prevention

September 2nd, 2014

. . . Stryker Sustainability Solutions says it helps reduce 3,400 tons of medical waste per year and saves hospitals $6.5 in supply costs every second. “Infection preventionists should remember that some medical devices, while marketed by original manufacturers as “single-use,” can be reprocessed by a regulated, third-party reprocessor,” says Caryn Humphrey, RN, BSN, MBA, product manager for Stryker Sustainability Solutions. “Reprocessing can extend the life of a device and reduce the amount of waste entering our nation’s landfills. Taking the time to educate staff about which devices can be reprocessed and how to follow proper collection protocols is a crucial step in ensuring that biohazard waste is handled appropriately. Reprocessing also helps hospitals minimize waste and maximize savings. In 2013 alone, Stryker Sustainability Solutions’ customers eliminated approximately 8.9 million pounds of medical waste from landfills.”

Full story here.

Reprocessing Industry Overwhelmingly Supported by U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-2015 “Honor Roll” Hospitals

August 29th, 2014

Washington D.C., August 29, 2014 – Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases their annual list of the Best Hospitals across the country, including the highly coveted “Honor Roll” list that distinguishes the hospitals best ranked out of nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated. This year, only 144 hospitals were ranked nationally in one or more specialties to be determined as a “Best Hospital,” and of these, 17 hospitals made the cut to be among those in the “Honor Roll.”

This year, the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) is proud to announce that its members currently serve 14 out of 17 hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” List.

Healthcare Purchasing News Highlights Sustainably Savvy Hospitals

August 28th, 2014

The following is just one of many instances where HPN’s current issue highlights the environmental and economically sustainable practice of SUD reprocessing.

John Orsini, CPA, Executive Vice President and CFO, Cadence Health, Winfield, IL
“For Cadence Health, reprocessing [single-use devices] is a win-win. Stryker Sustainability Solutions takes away SUDs for free, and we get to buy back a reprocessed item at a significantly reduced cost. We’re not only saving on the device but we’re also significantly reducing the number of items that are going to a landfill, thereby reducing medical device disposal costs as well.
“Cadence Health expects to save a half a million dollars per year based on our volume and the average reprocessing capability for a system our size. Although this amount might seem small, the more cash we can generate for the system, the more we can invest into the system.”

Read more here.

Healthcare Organizations Strive for Balance Between Keeping It Green and Keeping It Real

August 26th, 2014

Not only does reprocessing SUD’s reduce waste but it results in significant cost savings. Typically, hospitals and surgery centers can attain a $15,000 to $25,000 annual savings for every active operating room that they have through reprocessing single use devices. (Source: As of 2008, 70 percent of U.S hospitals had a contract with third-party reprocessing companies. (Source:

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Becker’s Hospital Review: “The Ins and Outs of Third Party Reprocessing”

August 14th, 2014

The lifespan of medical devices is growing longer as more and more hospitals are turning to device reprocessing to cut costs, reduce waste and maximize potential use of these items.

Millions of single-use devices are used daily in healthcare facilities across the country. Instead of throwing away devices after use, third-party reprocessors refurbish them back to original manufacturer specifications so hospitals can reuse them, saving money and eliminating waste while still assuring clinical quality and safety for patients.

Full story here.

AMDR Featured in Medical Plastics News

August 8th, 2014

‘Singled out’ – Dan Vukelich, of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors, examines issues surrounding ‘single use’ devices, the opportunities available for the reprocessing of these devices in the EU and how it can learn from the US experience…

Full story here

Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s 2013 Milestone Report Shows Sustainability Trends Catching on Among U.S. Hospitals

August 7th, 2014

On August 6, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) released its 2013 Milestone Report, which shows that more leading hospitals are adopting innovative sustainability practices to reduce their environmental footprint, lower costs and improve the health of patients and staff.
Launched in April 2012, HHI is a national campaign to promote a more sustainable business model for health care while addressing the health and environmental impacts of the industry.
“Hospitals nationwide are transforming their purchasing practices to avoid toxic chemicals, buy healthier food and beverages and become energy efficient and less wasteful,” said Gary Cohen, president of HCWH and founder of HHI. “This report shows that clear trends have emerged and innovative hospitals are implementing strategies to reduce costs, improve their environmental performance and support broader environmental health goals.”
The report notes continued support for reprocessing:
  • Hospitals continued to move away from disposing of medical devices after one use. More than $45 million was saved as a result of single-use medical device reprocessing, a 33 percent increase in 2012.
To learn more about the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, or to download a copy of the full report,