The San Francisco Chronicle: Making a dent in medical waste (07/06/10):

In a commentary published in March in Academic Medicine, Dr. Martin Makary, a gastrointestinal surgeon, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine called for more medical centers to “go green” by recycling disposable single-use medical devices. Several reprocessing companies take certain disposables – like orthopedic drill bits and heart-monitoring catheters – and clean, recalibrate, repackage and resterilize them, then sell them back to hospitals and medical suppliers for 40 to 60 percent of the price of new ones.

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