Posted on December 2nd, 2016
Source: Ajay Daniel, WhaTech Channel, Medical Market Research
A new report from Research Nester Pvt Ltd finds that the “Reprocessed Medical Devices Market is one of the fast growing markets across the globe. There has been a [significant] rise in healthcare technology in the past few years to provide effective and affordable medical devices.”
“The global reprocessed medical device market is expected to reach USD 4.95 Billion by 2021 from USD 0.76 Billion in 2013 and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.55% over the forecast period i.e. 2015-2021. Increase in demand for reprocessed medical devices is expected to rise over the forecast period i.e. 2015-2021, driven by need to minimize the cost of clinical applications and diagnosis process to provide better and safe medical services.”
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Posted on November 11th, 2016
Source: Medical Device Developments
There are many challenges to pre-hospital sterilisation methods of medical equipment, from single-use disposable devices to longer-lasting equipment designed to work for years. Kerry Taylor-Smith explores the ongoing debate around reprocessing single-use devices. Association of Medical Device Reprocessors president Daniel Vukelich explains how single-use device reprocessing is a good way of containing costs without risking patient safety.
If a device is designed to be used just once, then that is the end of its life cycle. Or so one might think; in actual fact, many single-use devices (SUDs) are reprocessed and made safe for use again, and again, and again.
SUDs first appeared in the 1980s because of increasing concern regarding the safety of multiple-use devices in terms of infection risk. At the time, no one really thought about their impact on the environment, but with overflowing landfills and soaring costs of healthcare, repurposing them is now considered the responsible thing to do. Some SUDs really are designed for single use and are therefore disposed of; others are just labelled so by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), leading some healthcare providers to believe that SUDs are only safe for one use. In fact, this is not always the case, and many SUDs can and are remanufactured either by the OEM or by third-party reprocessors. If a single-use instrument has been properly cleaned, tested and considered functional, repackaged and sterilised, then it can – and should – be reused…
Daniel Vukelich, president of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) – which represents the legal and regulatory interests of third-party reprocessors of medical devices labelled for single use, and is dedicated to educating consumers and the healthcare community regarding the safety, legality, and benefits of third-party reprocessing – believes that sceptics are probably unaware of the realities.
“Ultimately, in our view, companies that are responsive to their healthcare providers’ needs are going to be successful in the long run. Hospitals cannot afford to throw away millions of dollars worth of recoverable devices every year – it is irresponsible and unsustainable. The marketplace is going to reward reprocessors that help hospitals and surgical centres to achieve their objectives,” argues Vukelich.
Posted on November 1st, 2016
A new report by Global Market Insights forecasts that revenue from the reprocessed medical device market will increase by 20% CAGR by 2023, growing from $1.12 billion to over $5 billion.
“Based on the type of product, the global reprocessed medical devices market is divided into cardiovascular (blood pressure cuffs/tourniquet cuffs, electrophysiology cables, cardiac stabilization and positioning, diagnostic electrophysiology catheters and compression sleeves), gastroenterology, orthopedic/arthroscopic, laparoscopic, and general surgery equipment.
Laparoscopic equipment accounted for the second largest share as a consequence of rapidly increasing demand for minimally invasive techniques and is predicted to follow a similar trend in the coming years. Hospitals account for nearly 40% of the revenue as owing to the increase in third party and in-house reprocessing caused by tremendous waste production. As per a report by the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR), hospitals can save up to 50% of their equipment costs on using these aforementioned products.
To read more, or to request the Global Market Report, click here.
Posted on October 28th, 2016
CleanMed Europe 2016 – Day 3 Round-Up
The final day of CleanMed Europe 2016 featured a wide range of parallel sessions where participants shared ideas and best practices on a wide range of topics including pharmaceutical management, waste management strategies and increasing education through leadership in the clinical environment.
Daniel Vukelich of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors explains how members of the association validate their procedures so that devices are classed as “remanufactured” and have the same safety standards as the original equipment manufacturers. With devices costing thousands of Euros increasingly being sold as “single use,” this service is increasingly important and can save significant amounts of money and waste.
Click here for the full roundup of CleanMed Day 3.
Thanks to everyone at CleanMed for making the event a success!
Posted on September 21st, 2016
Gary Cohen reflects on the last two decades in the environmental health movement and offers an opportunity for health care to redefine its role in the 21st century.
When we started Health Care Without Harm, we hardly knew anyone who worked in the health care sector. We were mostly outsiders, community activists who had been working for decades in the environmental movement. But we knew we needed powerful allies to transform this emerging science linking the environment to our health into action that would protect our children, our families, our communities. We needed health care.
Back then, new science revealed that low-dose exposures of toxic chemicals in the first thousand days of a child’s life could create a host of health problems later in life, including cancer, learning disabilities, infertility, and other chronic diseases. At the same time, we began to learn that pregnant women and unborn children were being exposed to these same toxic chemicals. We were outraged by this chemical trespass into our bodies. And so in September of 1996, a small group of individuals met at Commonweal in Bolinas, California, giving birth to Health Care Without Harm…
Posted on September 17th, 2016
Source: Choosing Wisely
“Choosing Wisely is something that corroborates the best practices in medicine very well,” said Dr. Anuruddh Kumar (A.K.) Misra, MD, Medical Director at US HealthWorks in San Francisco, California. “It’s simple, it works well, and when it comes from the right source people are receptive to it.”
In recognition of his efforts to improve care in sports medicine, Dr. Misra was recently recognized as a Choosing Wisely Champion by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). Announced earlier this year, the Champions program is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation to recognize clinicians who are leading efforts to reduce overuse and waste in health care. More than a dozen leading medical specialty societies have committed to participate in the program.
“I think there’s so much information out there that physicians and patients don’t necessarily know where to go. One thing ABIM Foundation does well is that just the very words ‘Choosing Wisely’ resonate with people who want wisdom and direction,” he said.
Posted on September 17th, 2016
A new Practice Greenhealth tool identifies the costs of medical devices from an environmental perspective
Source: Jeff Ferenc, H&HN Magazine
Leading health care sustainability steward Practice Greenhealth, Reston Va., rolled out a new tool to help hospitals simplify purchasing of green products and evaluate their life-time costs compared with other market choices.
The Greenhealth Cost of Ownership Calculator allows hospitals and health systems to analyze costs of products, equipment and devices beyond the purchase price.
The calculator also can analyze, if applicable, the cost of maintenance, water usage, energy and disposal. The free tool, which is available to all hospitals and health care systems, was unveiled at an online demonstration and trade press briefing Wednesday.
Posted on September 17th, 2016
Source: Thomas Dworetzky, DotMed
Sustainability in the OR may be challenging, but as cost containment becomes more important in the modern push to improve the efficiency of health care delivery, it is a must.
In a 2013 HCB News article on sustainability, author Brian White, president of Stryker Sustainability Solutions, made the compelling case that, “the total value of third-party reprocessing extends beyond cost-savings. Reprocessing programs also divert waste and support sustainability initiatives within facilities. Let’s use the operating room as an example. Practice Greenhealth estimates that the OR generates 20 to 30 percent of an average hospital’s waste. Today, reprocessing is one of the most significant ways that ORs can reduce their environmental footprint.”
Posted on September 14th, 2016
Grow sustainability through upper-level buy-in
Source: HSM, July/August E-book
THE KEY TO GREENING HEALTHCARE
In healthcare, environmental stewardship can offer an alternative way to practice the Hippocratic Oath — to heal and do no harm. Hospitals can have a positive effect on both indoor and outdoor environments by using safer products, reducing air pollution, eliminating toxins, creating less waste, and using energy and water efficiently. But it doesn’t end there, because sustainability is about much more than just environmental stewardship.
HEALTHCARE’S UNIQUE ROLE IN SUSTAINABILITY. Our relationship with our environment is shifting. Historically, we have focused on the impact we have on the environment: our water systems, air quality and forests. There’s a new ideology centered on the connection between the environment and our health — how the air we breathe, the chemicals we use and the water we drink impact our wellbeing. In this new paradigm, the healthcare industry has a key opportunity and responsibility to lead this conversation…
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Posted on September 13th, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO)’s “Global Model Regulatory Framework for Medical Devices Including IVDs” draft document, released this last July, includes recommendations for regulatory authorities to adopt a policy whereby SUD reprocessing is subject to the same standards as applied to original device manufacturers.
AMDR wholly supports and endorses the WHO approach as regulated SUD reprocessing has proven to curtail, if not stop, inappropriate and unregulated in-house reuse, and promote a proper, regulated marketplace for lower cost and environmentally responsible reprocessed and remanufactured SUDs.
Global Model Regulatory Framework for Medical Devices Including IVDs
Excerpt from Reprocessing of single use medical devices:
“In adopting a policy on the reprocessing of SUMDs, the regulatory authority should consider the following: reprocessing of a SUMD as labelled by its manufacturer is not permitted unless the reprocessed SUMD meets the same initial standards as those of the original manufacturer. In order to allow their reuse, a party that reprocesses and distributes medical devices labelled by their original manufacturer for single-use only will be held to the same requirements of safety, quality and performance as manufacturers of new devices. This applies equally to a health-care facility fully reprocessing single-use medical devices for reuse within its own facility…”