November 19th, 2014
The attached article comes from Finance Newspaper in Slovenia. It has been translated and can be found in its original form at http://www.finance.si/8812667/Za-bolni%C5%A1nice-dva-milijona-prihranka—%C4%8De-se-bo-kdo-zganil.
Tone Lovšin, Trokar company: The longer the state of reprocessing remains vague in the EU – as well as in our country, the longer Europe market will remain an Eldorado for manufacturers
As it turned out, none of the persons we interviewed is actually against well regulated reprocessing of certain medical devices, on the contrary, they support the idea, but nobody is willing to take the first necessary step.
It is not forbidden, but…
Do we just wait for the legislation at EU level, which has already been negotiated for some years now, and the negotiations will probably continue for another few years, even if the state could regulate this field by itself? The Ministry of Health has now promised to act. Legislation in Slovenia does not mention the reprocessing of single use medical device. So it does not prohibit it explicitly, but however, it is not explicitly allowed, nor regulated. And until it is not regulated, all Slovenian hospitals decide against it, and potential savings are lost.
October 30th, 2014
As a data-driven organization, we decided that we needed to measure our sustainability programming. Our very first environmental goal was to reduce energy by 20 percent by 2015 from a 2008 baseline, which I am proud to say we are on track to achieving. And if we were measuring energy performance, what other environmental improvement activities should we take on and measure? We added waste, construction and demolition debris recycling, single-use device reprocessing and paper reduction.
October 24th, 2014
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.
Additional report highlights include….more than $45 million was saved as a result of single-use device reprocessing, a 33 percent increase in 2012.
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.
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.