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Hospitals could save two million – if someone acted.

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.

HPN: Sorting out the savings in waste management

Christine-Marie Eno, Director of Materials Management at Catholic Medical Center, NH, said they continually save about 10,000 pounds of device waste from entering the landfill each year by reprocessing SUDs. “From 2011 to 2013 our supply cost savings rose from $375,000 to $712,000. The continued success comes from the routine monitoring of the program and having “Champions” in each department making sure what can be reprocessed gets in the correct buckets.”

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How Hospitals Are Stepping Up to the Challenge of Climate Change

Healthcare organizations are in the business of supporting human health. Yet the irony is that health care organizations, and the hospitals they operate, are no small players in contributing to climate change. Hospitals account for 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. They spend $5.3 billion on energy every year, and use twice as much energy per square foot as traditional office space. They generate more than 2 million tons of waste per year. And they are among the top 10 water users in their communities, with some facilities using up to 700,000 gallons of water per hospital bed per year.

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Engaged Leadership Challenge

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.

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2013 Milestone Report Shows Hospitals Going Healthier

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.

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What Comes In Must Go Out

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

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

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

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

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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