Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Engaging Employees in SUD Reprocessing

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) single-use device (SUD) reprocessing program helps the organization tackle HHI’s Smarter Purchasing Challenge while also reducing medical waste, and associated costs.  
To launch this effort, required countless meetings, several committees and many staff involved in the process..  A decision was made to implement the program in one of two BIDMC's campuses to make front-end coordination easier during the first year.  To help counteract the effects of previous negative experiences with SUD reprocessing, the hospital’s team worked with its vendor partner to educate staff about what products could be reprocessed and how they should be prepped.  In-services were held for each new product brought into the program before it was introduced, staff was educated about the reprocessing process and the FDA’s requirements for reprocessed products and those interested were provided the 510k’s for each device.  Beth Israel’s reprocessing program didn’t differentiate the inventory available – if people wanted a product from the OEM, they had to first use the stock of reprocessed devices.  
Since its launch in 2009, the reprocessing program has doubled dollar savings and waste diverted.  BIDMC completed the buyback of its first two identified reprocessed SUD categories, tourniquet cuffs and arthroscopic shaver blades, within the first few months of the launch.  In 2012, the SUD reprocessing program generated approximately $375,000 in savings and diverted nearly 10,000 pounds of medical waste from landfills and/or incinerators.