Released on June 30, 2011
AIDS and emerging infectious diseases led in the early 1980s to single-use medical devices. However, there is a rising medical awareness in the United States that perfectly good, barely used equipment should be diverted from landfills.
SSM Health Care – St. Louis is taking a local lead. In 2010, the organization saved nearly a half million dollars reprocessing and recycling medical devices ― keeping 19,270 pounds of material out of landfills.
Working with a company called SterilMed, SSM Health Care – St. Louis Contract and Supply Chain Management last year reprocessed 62,000 formerly single-use medical devices, including 11,000 compression sleeves and pulse oximeter probes, plus nearly 5,000 operating room devices…
…The 2010 recycling savings achieved at each of the six SSM Health Care – St. Louis hospitals were: SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, $85,515; SSM DePaul Health Center, $77,825; SSM St. Clare Health Center, $66,838; SSM St. Joseph Health Center, $105,258; SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, $57,353; SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, $60,700.