The Association of Medical Device Reprocessors Celebrates Earth Day!

Earth Day

The Association of Medical Device Reprocessors is happy to celebrate Earth Day today and congratulate our partners who are committed to implementing sustainable, environmentally friendly practices.  AMDR member-companies are committed to greening healthcare.  SUD reprocessing is one of the most effective sustainability initiatives used by hospitals today.  By using regulated commercial reprocessors, hospitals can not only extend the life of their existing medical devices (and thus save money), but they can also reduce the amount of operating room waste generated.  AMDR has assembled a “green year in review,” highlighting some of the best green reprocessing-related stories of the last 12 months.  Stories at links below.


Green Year in Review


Due to technological advancements, medical devices no longer have to be uniformly disposed of; instead, many can be reprocessed to serve new purposes, reducing environmental waste and high equipment costs.


Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable healthcare, has announced a new tool designed to help hospital and health system professionals build support for sustainability by creating buy-in among key leaders.


Washington State’s Grays Harbor Community Hospital is yet another example of an organization committed to reducing its carbon footprint by utilizing new technologies in order to make large-scale recycling more accessible.


Adopting approaches that are supported by the health care member association Practice Greenhealth, the medical center realized savings of $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR kit reformulation in 2014.


CleanMed connects leaders at the forefront of implementing sustainability projects, green building design and environmentally preferable purchasing.


Here are 10 ways you can save big by reprocessing, reorganizing, reducing and recycling.


Adopting approaches that are supported by the health care member association Practice Greenhealth, the University of Maryland Medical Center realized savings of $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR kit reformulation in 2014.


Reprocessing is a key component in environmental sustainability programs and is a proven means of not only decreasing the quantity of waste going into incinerators and landfills, but in decreasing the cost of providing safe, effective devices.


Practice Greenhealth reports that diverting 92,205 tons of waste from landfills through recycling saved nearly $4 million in one year, with single-use device reprocessing accounting for 873 tons prevented from becoming medical waste.


The amount of waste that happens in a hospital setting can be staggering. Recycling items that can be recycled is smart – as is conducting studies to identify which new items could make the cut.


Hospitals nationwide are transforming their surgical suites through environmental innovation, with practices includes waste minimization, recycling, and environmentally preferable purchasing.


Hospitals in the U.S. generate some 7,000 tons of waste per day, or more than 2.3 million tons a year.  By making smarter purchasing decisions upstream and recycling, reusing, and composting waste, hospitals can save money while diverting loads of waste from landfills and incinerators.


Every year, to simply operate, hospitals must burn through gigatons of fossil fuel energy.  Leading the fight against climate change is the smart thing — and the right thing — to do for a sector of society sworn to do no harm.


From 2012 through 2014, Broward Health has been able to divert 6,322,690 pounds of waste from landfills and saved $3,366,113 within its top three green Initiatives: reprocessing of single-use devices (SUDs), operating room (OR) waste reduction, and integrated waste-stream solution (IWSS) programs.


Virginia Mason Medical Center is a prime example of a healthcare center which has saved millions of dollars through smarter purchasing decisions. This Seattle-based hospital saved $3 million in supply costs over three years after instituting a reprocessing program for single-use devices.


Practice Greenhealth launched the Healthier Hospitals Initiative in 2012 to raise the bar in healthcare sustainability, challenging the entire healthcare sector to accelerate its progress as a whole.


Since nurses are responsible for much of patient care, they’re uniquely positioned to promote sustainability concerns in the health care industry and to help the organizations they work for make the changes demanded by dwindling resources.


After achieving success in getting more hospitals involved in reducing their carbon footprint, the Healthy Hospitals Initiative will remain a Practice Greenhealth program.


This year, Practice Greenhealth is pleased to recognize Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) for its outstanding efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the surgical environment.


One of the goals of the Smarter Purchasing Challenge is to increase the purchases of reprocessed SUDs by at least 50 percent over baseline. While the collection of FDA-approved SUDs for reprocessing reduces waste tonnage and disposal costs, it is equally important for hospitals to purchase back the reprocessed devices to maintain the demand, closing the loop.

Lessons Learned from FDA’s Regulation of ‘Single-Use’ Device Reprocessing






The Spring 2016 edition of AAMI Horizons is out now and features an article by AMDR’s Dan Vukelich entitled “Lessons Learned from FDA’s Regulation of ‘Single-Use’ Device Reprocessing.”  

The article explores a wide range of relevant topics including the scope of FDA guidance, SUD reprocessor compliance, the benefits of regulation, and the latest updates on the SUD reprocessing industry.










To learn more about AAMI, or to purchase the online issue, click here.



Global Reprocessed Medical Devices Market to Surpass $2.58 Billion by 2020








Global Reprocessed Medical Devices Market to Surpass US$2.58 bn by 2020 Aided by Tightening Healthcare Spends

Source: Digital Journal

The global reprocessed medical devices market is expected to be valued at US$2.58 bn by the end of 2020. The market was recorded at US$0.78 bn in 2013 and is shown to be progressing at a CAGR of 19.30% within a forecast period of 2014 to 2020. The statistical details are provided in a research report released by Transparency Market Research, titled “Reprocessed Medical Devices Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014-2020.” The report provides a clear description of this market in terms of growth prospects as well as inhibitors, along with a competitive landscape replete with the most recent data on the top players of the market.

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DOTmed Healthcare Business News – April Edition





This month’s DOTmed HealthCareBusiness News is now available and features articles from AMDR’s Dan Vukelich as well as Bill Scott from Stryker Sustainability Solutions:

Safety, savings, sustainability  (Dan Vukelich)

Savings war: The pros and cons of SUD reprocessing growth (Bill Scott)

Full magazine available here

Schedule Announced for 2016 CADTH Symposium


April 10-12, 2016 – Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON

The schedule for this year’s CADTH Symposium in Ottawa, Ontario has been announced.  AMDR President Dan Vukelich will be a featured speaker on April 11th in order to present a discussion entitled “Canadian and Global Update on Efforts to Regulate Single-Use Device Reprocessing.”

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Journal of Medical Devices Study: OEM Single-use Devices Nearly Five Times More Likely to be Defective than Reprocessed Ones





Source: DOTmed HealthCare Business Daily News

Phoenix, Arizona, USA – March 15, 2016 – Original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) single-use devices (SUDs) may have higher defect rates than comparable reprocessed devices, a study in Journal of Medical Devices suggests. The independent study led by Banner Health was designed to increase the data available on defect rates of reprocessed SUDs. OEMs have historically claimed new devices have lower defect rates when compared to reprocessed devices. The FDA considers reprocessed SUDs that meet the FDA’s regulatory requirements to be substantially equivalent to new devices. The new study’s data supports the FDA’s position and suggests that reprocessed SUDs may actually have lower defect rates than new devices.

“In the era of value-based purchasing, medical devices that cost twice as much and are reported to be defective more frequently challenge conventional definitions of reliability and value,” study author Dr. Terrence J. Loftus, MD, MBA, FACS, former Medical Director Surgical Services and Clinical Resources at Banner Health, said in the report published in the December issue of Journal of Medical Devices.

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Opportunities in U.S. Reprocessed Medical Devices Market Increase Due to Cost-Saving Medical Devices & Environmental Considerations


Opportunities in U.S. Reprocessed Medical Devices Market Increase Due to Cost-Saving Medical Devices & Environmental Considerations

Source: Digital Journal

Due to technological advancements, medical devices no longer have to be uniformly disposed of; instead, many can be reprocessed to serve new purposes.  This has led to a surge in the reprocessed medical devices industry, which helps to reduce environmental waste and high equipment costs.

The United States Reprocessed Medical Device Market Research Report, published by Absolute Reports, offers an in-depth analysis of the current U.S. reprocessed medical device market, highlighting key manufacturers and providing revenue forecasts.

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6 Ways Hospitals Can Reduce Their Environmental Footprint

Source: Julie Bird, FierceHealthcare

U.S. hospitals, which emit 8 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gases each year, need to do more to address climate change, according to a Health Affairs blog post. Reducing hospitals’ collective environmental footprint could save an estimated $15 billion over the next 10 years.

Lloyd Dean, President & CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health, recommends that hospitals employ the following practices in order to reduce their environmental footprint:

  1. Making environmentally preferred purchases
  2. Using safer chemicals
  3. Launching green building and resiliency initiatives
  4. Consuming less energy, water and raw materials
  5. Recycling
  6. Transitioning to renewable energy sources


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Practice Greenhealth Launches Hospital Sustainability Tool





Source: Shannon Barnet, Becker’s Hospital Review

Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable healthcare, has announced a new tool designed to help hospital and health system professionals build support for sustainability by creating buy-in among key leaders.

The tool is called the Engaged Leadership Guide, and it includes strategies to address common misconceptions about sustainability, operational opportunities to embed environmental stewardship into existing strategic initiatives, power point templates and environmental programming worksheets.

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Reprocessing Highlights from the Engaged Leadership Guide:

“Smarter Purchasing: Follow step by step guidance to green the supply chain by taking on surgical kit reformulation, single use device reprocessing in certain categories, and purchasing greener electronics using the EPEAT certification.”

To view the full Healthier Hospitals guide, click here.

AMDR’s Dan Vukelich Addresses SUD Re-Manufacturing in Advance of Informa MedTech Summit



AMDR President Dan Vukelich will be a featured speaker this summer at Informa’s Sterilisation for Medical Devices summit taking place in Brussels on June 16-17, 2016 on the implications of the SUD reprocessing provisions of the medical device regulation (MDR). 

Click here to read SUD Re-Manufacturing: Focus on Facts and Science, Not Fear and Doubt by Dan Vukelich, President, Association of Medical Device Reprocessors

For more information or to register to attend the 2016 Informa MedTech Summit, click here.