Single-use device reprocessing takes center stage this week as Becker’s Spine Review profiles the reprocessing industry with some help from Bill Scott of Stryker Sustainability Solutions. As one of the first original equipment manufacturers to enter the reprocessing market, Stryker serves over 3,000 hospitals and health systems helping them realize both financial and environmental sustainability. In 2016, Stryker’s reprocessing program helped health systems save $299 million and eliminate 12.9 million pounds of medical waste from landfills. SUD reprocessing is widely embraced by U.S. hospitals because it is a key strategy for achieving financial and environmental sustainability without sacrificing quality patient care. Stryker’s Bill Scott goes on to note that the SUD reprocessing industry wouldn’t be where it is today if not for FDA regulation. Regulation provided a strong foundation for dramatic industry growth, and helped the industry achieve an outstanding track record of patient safety. Even with the financial, patient safety and environmental benefits, there are roadblocks. To overcome these obstacles and maximize benefits, health systems should look for a third-party reprocessor that is committed to growing their savings year-over-year, does not limit the purchase of reprocessed devices, provides ample training and onsite support and will guarantee mutually agreed upon savings targets. Read More.