October 9th, 2014
Are hospitals making tiny babies sick?
That question troubled Kathy Gerwig, an executive at Kaiser Permanente, the big US healthcare provider, when she visited a Kaiser neonatal intensive care unit in San Francisco back in 2001, to take an inventory of medical equipment including IV tubing, blood bags and feeding tubes. She and her colleagues wanted to find out if they contained a chemical substance known as DEHP, a phthalate used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics to make them soft and flexible. Studies of animals had suggested that DEHP could be harmful to a fetus, especially to the reproductive systems in males.
October 9th, 2014
Pizza boxes, flowers, wadded-up paper, latex-glove boxes—those were just some of the items regularly tossed into the red bags reserved for regulated medical waste at Inova Health System, headquartered in Falls Church, Va. “You name it and it ended up in our red bags,” said Seema Wadhwa, Inova’s director of sustainability. “And it didn’t need to be there.”
In 2008, as part of a broader effort to improve sustainable practices, Inova’s senior leaders noticed the five-hospital system was generating far more regulated medical waste than was appropriate. Experts say regulated medical waste should account for 8% to 10% of a hospital’s total waste.
October 9th, 2014
[Please note: Reprocessing is NOT specifically mentioned in this story about hospital sustainability efforts, in a poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson.]
Fifty-four percent of global health care professionals say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case in two years, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson.
The global findings are similar to those of US health care providers, where 52 percent say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, with an increase to 81 percent expected in two years.
October 2nd, 2014
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative has released its 2013 Milestone Report, showing that more hospitals are adopting sustainability practices to reduce their environmental footprint while lowering costs and improving the health of patients and staff.
The report notes $45 in savings as a result of hospitals disposing of fewer and fewer devices after a single use.
September 18th, 2014
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Reprocessed Medical Devices Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020″, the global reprocessed medical devices market was valued at USD 0.78 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.3% from 2014 to 2020, to reach USD 2.58 billion in 2020.
Full story here.
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.
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.
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.