In Reprocess and Reuse, the November/December issue of GreenHealth addresses SUD reprocessing as one critical method hospitals can create a more sustainable operating room:

Reprocessing of medical devices is another growing movement in the health care industry. Not only does using reprocessed “single-use” devices provide a significant opportunity to reduce the volume of regulated medical waste, but it’s also a safe and effective method to reduce the operating room’s supply budget and save valuable financial resources. Reprocessing of single-use devices is now common practice in many ORs, with all of U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” hospitals choosing to reprocess single-use devices and 82 percent of Practice Greenhealth Award winners in 2011 choos­ing to reprocess medical devices, for a combined savings of more than $11.75 million.

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