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What Comes In Must Go Out

October 23rd, 2014

Regulated medical waste (RMW) typically costs $0.20–$0.50 per pound and is six to eight times more expensive to dispose of than solid waste or recyclable materials. Examples of RMW include red bag or infectious waste, sharps and some microbiological waste.

  1. Establish or utilize a GPO service contract with a third-party reprocessor for collection of single-use medical devices (SUDs) in patient care areas and the OR, including EP/cath labs. Ask the vendor to provide reports on the type and weight of devices collected.
  2. Purchase reprocessed single-use medical devices from an FDA-approved third-party reprocessor. Specify that they provide reports on the type and weight of devices collected.

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“Reducing the landfill” with reprocessing program

October 22nd, 2014

Before the buyback program started 2 years ago, OR staff would throw the Harmonic scalpels into a red sharps container, along with syringes, suture and glass vials. The key was educating staff to segregate the devices to be reprocessed into the green bins. Compliance has been outstanding. From August of last year to this year, Ms. Stengel calculates that the reprocessing program has saved her facility $37,000 in instrument purchasing and an additional $1,900 in landfill costs. “That’s not pocket change,” says Ms. Stengel.

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Hospital’s ‘Green Team’ cuts waste and expense

October 16th, 2014

WHO officials say the answer to reducing such a heavy environmental footprint is environmentally sustainable policies, such as recycling, reprocessing, composting, and purchasing recycled materials. Such efforts not only reduce emissions from waste facilities, “but significantly reduce demand for primary materials, thus reducing deforestation, mining, and oil drilling and their associated greenhouse gas emissions,” states the report.

. . .She said the hospital’s program of reprocessing some surgical devices – an increasingly common practice – saved SVH $50,000 last year. The Food and Drug Administration, as well as Congress, oversees and regulates the practice of reprocessing surgical equipment.

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Dan Vukelich to Speak at Sterilization Event in Prague

October 14th, 2014

AMDR President Daniel J. Vukelich, Esq. to present at the World Sterilization Congress in Prague this week: Reprocessing of Single-Use Medical Devices; Regulations Coming to Europe.

Detoxing Healthcare: Hospitals Get Healthier

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.
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Inova Launches Red-Bag Waste Reduction Initiative

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.
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Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

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.
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Sustainability Trends Catching On At Hospitals

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.

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Reprocessed Medical Devices Market Expected to Reach USD 2.58 Billion Globally in 2020

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.

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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.