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Researchers and Regulators Endorse Reprocessing

“[Hospitals and health systems should] switch from disposable to reusable products such as reusable isolation gowns, dishware, linens, surgical supplies [and] optimize reprocessing as allowed per FDA regulations.”
~ Key Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by U.S. Hospitals and Health Systems

“[Reprocessing] of SUDs offers a key opportunity for health systems and MedTech suppliers to reduce waste, lower costs, and address carbon emissions.”
~ Catalyzing Collective Action to Decarbonize Healthcare

“[Healthcare organizations should adopt] and expand circular economy policies and practices related to reuse, reprocessing, repair, repurposing, and recycling… Embracing a circular economy involves appreciating emissions present across the life cycle of products, materials, and services. To meaningfully reduce emissions within this domain and improve resilience, healthcare organizations must shift away from single-use disposable devices and expand reusable inventories to maximize material value and minimize pollution.”
~ Reducing Healthcare Carbon Emissions: A Primer on Measures and Actions to Mitigate Climate Change

“Remanufactured devices generate 50% less CO2 emissions, avoiding extraction and consumption of new material. Device reuse contributes to the NHS Net Zero Plus target and trusts Green Plan delivery actions.”
~ Device Remanufacture ‘How To’ Guide

“[Reprocessing] offers a key opportunity for health systems and MedTech suppliers to reduce waste, lower costs, and address carbon emissions. Hospitals in the United States generate 29 pounds of waste per staffed bed per day…Recent research indicates that pursuing a reprocessing program can save between $600,000 and $1 million annually for a 200-bed hospital and generate even greater savings for larger health systems.”
~ Catalyzing Collective Action to Decarbonize Healthcare

“[The] U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ prohibition of the use of reprocessed single use medical devices in the VHA should be overturned. Reprocessed medical devices are safe and in widespread use, including by U.S. Department of Defense health care facilities, and switching to reprocessed medical devices results in considerable cost and emissions savings.”
~ Accelerating climate-smart transformation of U.S. health care: A federal-first approach

“[Eliminating] single-use items or switching to reusables where feasible, alongside optimising associated decontamination processes and waste segregation and recycling, could reduce the carbon footprint by one-third.”
~Rizan, et al., Brighton and Sussex Medical School, The carbon footprint of products used in five common surgical operations: identifying contributing products and processes

“Medical device reprocessing (MDR) is a sustainability solution that has the potential to decrease hospital waste, cut carbon emissions, reduce spending, and improve supply chain resiliency.”
~Sherman, et al., Yale School of Public Health, Stakeholder perspectives on scaling up medical device reprocessing: A qualitative study

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