Did you know the average hospital generates over 28 pounds of waste per staffed bed each day? One of many ways Fairview Health Services works to reduce waste generated in our hospitals is through our new sustainability and cost-reduction initiative: single-use device reprocessing.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, “A reprocessed single use device is an original device that has previously been used on a patient and has been subjected to additional processing and manufacturing for the purpose of an additional single use on a patient.” Reprocessing is a key component in the environmental sustainability programs of many hospitals and health care providers. Single-use device reprocessing is another way in which we can meet our sustainability goals without compromising patient care or safety.
What are the benefits of reprocessing?
Fairview is committed to environmental sustainability and waste diversion has been a key component of our sustainability program. Our reprocessing program allows us to continue to provide the highest quality patient care while being financially and environmentally responsible.