Regulated medical device reprocessing is an important tool in improving environmental and public health outcomes, according to a new analysis published in Health Affairs.

Health care systems generate significant amounts of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the vast majority of which come from the supply chain. Hospitals that have medical devices reprocessed by regulated reprocessors removed more than 7,100 tons of waste, a number that could grow dramatically, according to the researchers.

Ultimately, it was COVID-19 that shined a light on the healthcare supply chain’s vulnerabilities, and device reprocessing holds promise in creating a more resilient and cost-effective healthcare system, the authors said…

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