…Health care systems can also prepare for future crises and become more sustainable by prioritizing resource conservation and waste reduction. Third-party single-use device reprocessors represent an underutilized opportunity to conserve supplies by safely, through FDA-approved processes, disinfecting medical instruments originally designated for single use and disposal. In times of unexpectedly high resource utilization, domestic commercial or in-house reprocessing can circumvent the time it would take to replenish medical stocks anew along global supply chains. In more stable times, commercial reprocessors can still accommodate “just in time” inventory strategies for certain items and provide cost-savings for hospitals. Particularly for more complex devices requiring significant energy to manufacture, reprocessing can make a positive impact on health care landfill waste and associated emissions….

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