Medline Industries, Inc. announced its Medline ReNewal medical device reprocessing division reported they reached a new milestone after successfully collecting 5.3 million devices for reprocessing in 2020, diverting more than one million pounds of waste from landfills and preventing the release of nearly 1,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Utilizing FDA-regulated processes and rigorous device testing standards, Medline ReNewal takes single-use devices (SUDs) that clinicians typically throw away and restores them to like-new condition. In October 2020, Medline’s reprocessing facility grew to 50,000 square feet as part of the company’s Healthcare Resilience Initiative.
A recent study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology on the impact of reprocessed electrophysiology catheters (ECs) versus new ECs, found that reprocessed medical devices can reduce the global warming impact of medical devices by 50%, ozone depletion by 90%, and the use of abiotic resources (water, sunlight, and minerals) by 29%. . .
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