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Virginia Mason | Single Use Device Reprocessing

Single-use medical devices are expensive resources that end up in the landfill after use.By using reprocessed medical devices, Virginia Mason has provided the highest quality of care, while reducing waste to the landfill and reducing supply costs by over $3M in three years. In 2014, Virginia Mason reprocessed or recycled over 18,850 pounds of devices, which may have otherwise have been discarded in a landfill.

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Seattle Children's Hospital | Surgical Kit Review

Seattle Children’s Hospital has a strategic environmental management plan to help safeguard health and resources, while lowering operating costs so it can fulfill its founding promise: “To care for every child in our region, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.” Part of that work is the reduction of waste. By evaluating the surgical kits in operation rooms with staff and the facility’s vendor every 1-2 years, the team is able to eliminate unnecessary items and prevent their waste. The end results are streamlined surgical kits, enhanced vendor relationships and cost savings.

Kaiser Permanente | Purchasing Environmentally Responsible Electronics with EPEAT

Kaiser Permanente is strongly committed to the health and safety of its patients and staff. The organization honors that dedication by purchasing 100 percent EPEAT laptops, desktops, and monitors, and striving to replicate this for other electronic devices. The business cost of purchasing the computer systems was cost neutral, with an added energy savings of $5 million per year.

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Broward Health | Custom Surgical Kit Reformulation

Broward Health (BH) conducts various evaluations annually to determine opportunities for cost savings. In 2010, BH determined that waste had accumulated due to custom procedure kits (CPK), resulting in increased costs. The hospital system worked with a consulting firm to analyze the CPK program, which led to successful identification of areas needing improvements and an action plan that put in place greater efficiencies.

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Kaiser Permanente | Purchasing Environmentally Responsible Electronics with EPEAT


Kaiser Permanente | Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) – Purchasing Environmentally Responsible Computers

Computers have enabled Kaiser Permanente to provide our members, patients, and physicians with real-time access to electronic medical information which has expedited and simplified delivery of care. But the manufacture, use, and disposal of computers and their electronic accessories have a global adverse impact on human and environmental health. Recognizing the benefits and problems with electronics, Kaiser Permanente was looking for a way to identify more environmentally responsible computer systems. The contract with a new computer system supplier in early 2006 included language specifying a strong and definite preference for energy efficient and environmentally responsible computers.

Single Use Device Reprocessing at Vanguard Health Systems

Third party reprocessing of medical use devices labeled as single use is a safe and regulated process that can reduce volume of waste generated by hospital and significantly reduce operating costs to the organization. Reprocessing is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and third party preprocessors must meet the same standards as original device manufacturers. We identified significant opportunities to reprocess medical devices throughout Vanguard Health Systems in order to reduce both waste and costs

Efficient use of Resources: Reprocessing of Single Use Devices at HCA (Hospital Corporation of America)

As hospitals transitioned away from cleaning and sterilizing much of their equipment the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) started providing single-use devices such as catheters and trocars to replace the reusable products previously employed. These OEM designated single-use devices increased the amount of waste a hospital generated and led to an increased cost. The appropriate reuse of these devices could result in both cost savings and waste reduction. Most of the OEM designated single use devices are disposed of as bio-hazardous waste, which further increases the cost of disposal and uses more resources for processing.

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