PRnewswire reports: University HealthSystem Consortium Awards Single-Source Agreement to Ascent for Medical Device Reprocessing Services (07/12/10):

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) today announced that it has awarded a 3-year single-source agreement to Ascent, a leader in health care resource sustainability. The agreement, which has 2 optional 1-year renewal periods, became effective on July 1, 2010. Under the contract, Ascent will offer single-use device (SUD) reprocessing programs to UHC’s 107 academic medical centers and 233 affiliated hospitals.

Hospitals have found that many devices labeled for single use can safely be reprocessed and reused. Because hospitals are currently scrutinizing waste, aggressively cutting costs, and trying to protect the environment, SUD reprocessing services are gaining more visibility.