The Des Moines Business Record Reports: Recycling boosts Iowa Health’s bottom line (12/09/2010, by Todd Razor):

Hospitals have reused surgical tools such as drill bits, saw blades and tourniquets for decades.

And though it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering health care, the reprocessing of medical supplies has provided a shot in the arm to the state’s largest health-care organization.

In the past three years, Iowa Health System has saved nearly $2 million and diverted more than 84,000 pounds of waste from entering landfills through three medical device reprocessing programs.