reports Many Hospitals Now Safely Reuse ‘Single Use’ Medical Devices (03/12/10).  In addition to discussing some of the facts behind the “single-use” label, TriplePundit discusses the recent Academic Medicine Journal article supportive of reprocessing for its environmental benefits:

Indeed, the FDA now allows the reprocessing of more than 100 different items previously designated as “single-use devices” (SUDs). And, in an opinion piece in this month’s Academic Medicine, researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say they have found reprocessing to be a “commonsense strategy” that has a “reliable safety record of excellence identical to that of new equipment, while being friendlier to the environment.”