Reprocessing Industry Overwhelmingly Supported by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-2016 “Honor Roll” Hospitals

Washington D.C., – Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases their annual list of the Best Hospitals across the country, including the highly coveted “Honor Roll” list that distinguishes the hospitals best ranked out of nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated. This year, only 137 hospitals were ranked nationally in one or more specialties to be determined as a “Best Hospital,” and of these, 15 hospitals made the cut to be among those in the “Honor Roll.”

This year, the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) is proud to announce that its members currently serve 13 out of 15 hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” List. Further, AMDR members serve 38 of the “greenest” hospitals as listed by Becker’s Hospital Review. These is in addition to the over 1,000 European hospitals and 95 percent of German university medical centers served by AMDR members.

Single-Use Device Reprocessing Kept 873 Tons From Landfills

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Practice Greenhealth report said that diverting 92,205 tons of waste from landfills through recycling saved nearly $4 million in one year, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.

Single-use device reprocessing alone kept 873 tons from becoming medical waste.

The report summarizes the sustainability achievements of 220 hospitals and is based on the data covering performance in 2014.

Practice Greenhealth also includes how hospitals are developing effective purchasing strategies for environmentally preferred products to affect change.

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Tech Helping Medical Devices Go Green

By Mary C. Long

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.

Health Care Communication states, “According to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, reprocessed devices can cost half as much as new devices, which improves the hospital’s bottom line without sacrificing clinical quality.” That study looked at small devices used in orthopedic surgery, but there are options for larger devices as well.

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Novation Awards New Agreement to Medline for Medical Device Reprocessing






MUNDELEIN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medline, a global medical supplies distributor and manufacturer, today announced a new agreement with Novation, a leading health care services company serving the members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista LLC. The agreement is expected to help members serviced by Novation throughout the continuum of care generate cost savings and reduce medical waste by providing single-use device reprocessing services through the Medline ReNewal Program.

…..“Medline ReNewal is dedicated to ensuring that members served by Novation are reaping the benefits of reprocessing while reducing their reliance on having to purchase new devices,…”

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Why We Need Hospitals to Help Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

By Joshua Karliner, Director of Global Projects and International Team Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm

Every year, to simply operate, hospitals must burn through gigatons of fossil fuel energy. This doesn’t just contribute to global warming, it also creates the kind of local air pollution that kills seven million people every year. That’s more than double the toll of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. …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.

It’s a vicious and ironic cycle and, there is a pressing need for doctors, nurses, hospitals, and health systems around the world to respond to this emergency.

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10 Ways Hospitals Can Heal the Planet


By Kathy Gerwig

A healthy and sustainable environment is a necessary foundation for human health. On that most people agree. But there is an interesting paradox in health care: As hospitals deliver life-saving care to people, their environmental footprint — pollution, energy use, waste production, etc. — can be harmful to our health.
A growing segment of health care business and clinical leaders are addressing this glaring contradiction, and the medical community is taking an increasing vocal role in raising public awareness on the perils climate change poses to human health.

…Reduce hospital waste. 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.

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









A new market report published by Transparency Market Research is Reprocessed Medical Devices Market (Type of Devices: Cardiovascular, General Surgery, Laparoscopic, Orthopedic and Gastroenterology Devices) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020

According to the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR), more than 3,000 hospitals in the U.S. use reprocessed medical devices, due to which, almost 13,000 tons of medical waste has been eliminated to date. Moreover, approximately USD 2 billion to USD 3 billion worth medical expenditure could be saved by using reprocessed medical devices in the U.S. every year, and a typical hospital could save around USD 500,000 to USD 2 million per year. Hence, huge cost savings from using reprocessed medical devices has attracted several hospitals in adopting these devices. This factor is driving the growth of the market, especially in countries such as the U.S. and Canada. Moreover, the prices of reprocessed medical devices are observed to be almost half of the original equipment, which makes them affordable for procurement, thereby spurring the demand.

Europe is estimated to witness the fastest growth rate (more than 15%) due to various factors such as growing demand for reprocessed medical devices and awareness about the potential savings in healthcare. At present, the European Union neither prohibits nor encourages the use of reprocessed medical devices in hospitals and healthcare facilities. However, with the introduction of uniform regulations on medical device reprocessing, the region is expected to experience remarkable market growth during the forecast period. – See more at:–transparency-market-research/40594#sthash.t3SWHDxx.dpuf

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A Greener Operating Room

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Santa Monica Green Team Shows off their Recycling in the operation room

By Jessica Wolf, MBA, MSN and Kaeleigh Sheenan

With patient safety in mind, hospitals have been using more single-use disposable items, but unfortunately this leads to increased waste and cost. A new industry, single-use device reprocessing, has developed in response to this trend. Instead of throwing out or recycling a single-use device, many of these medical devices can be “reprocessed” by a third-party reprocessor and bought back by the hospital at almost 50% the original price. This process is stringently regulated, and each device is cleaned, sterilized, and function tested — so they can be safely used again. It has been estimated that if just 1 or 2% of all the disposable medical devices used in the US were reprocessed, the healthcare industry could save a billion dollars every year — money that could be better used for patient care, research, bringing new treatments to the bedside, and making healthcare more affordable.

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AMDR Position on the European Council’s Partial General Approach to a Proposed Medical Device Regulation

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Medical Devices and Amending Directive 2001/83/EC

On behalf of its member companies, the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR),1 applauds the European Council’s efforts regarding its Medical Device Regulation proposal (“Council’s Proposal”). Overall, AMDR strongly supports a number of measures in the Proposal.  Significantly, the Council secures a regulatory pathway for firms to market  reprocessed/remanufactured “single-use” devices (SUDs) by demonstrating that their products meet manufacturer requirements. This will allow hospitals and providers in the EU the ability to provide safe and effective reprocessed SUDs at less cost, while benefiting the environment. We, however, request that Trialogue negotiators strongly consider several necessary revisions to Article 15 and 49 to ensure clarity and fairness in the final Regulation.


AMDR’s suggested considerations and revisions are available in the full position paper here.

Smarter Purchasing Challenge: Have You Joined the Smarter Purchasing Challenge from Healthier Hospitals?

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With 17 percent of the marketplace, health care wields major purchasing power.  This buying clout puts hospitals and health systems in an excellent position to demand safer, healthier, more environmentally-friendly products from vendors.

Yet few environmental standards exist for medical products. As a result, health care supply chain professionals must often go it alone.

Why Smarter Purchasing

Hospitals can leverage their collective purchasing power to generate demand for healthier and safer products

  • The health care sector represents 17 percent of the U.S. marketplace
  • Some products marketed to the industry generate unnecessary waste, contain hazardous materials or use excessive energy
  • Adoption by the health care sector will drive growing availability and adoption of smarter products

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