Healthcare providers should look at it as a way to save money and reduce their environmental impact, says Daniel Vukelich, president of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors.
At a time when hospitals are facing financial difficulties, Daniel Vukelich argues it makes more sense to look at reprocessing more medical devices.
Vukelich, the president of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors, thinks there’s a sound financial argument to be made. In a new report issued Tuesday, the group estimates that reprocessed medical devices saved U.S. hospitals $372 million in 2020, even with hospitals delaying many procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If all hospitals embraced reprocessing devices as much as the top 10% in the nation, U.S. hospitals would have saved $2.28 billion in the U.S. alone, the report projects.
“I think it’s a conservative estimate,” Vukelich told Chief Healthcare Executive in an interview Tuesday.
He said the estimate is conservative because the AMDR’s analysis only accounts for devices that are currently widely reprocessed. If more devices are reprocessed, hospitals could save more. . .
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