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Cardinal Health launches local facility for reprocessing of single-use medical devices

Health Industry Hub | May 24, 2024 |

MedTech & Diagnostics News: Cardinal Health is set to launch a cutting-edge facility in Australia dedicated to the reprocessing of single-use medical devices.

This initiative addresses the dual challenges hospitals face: the need to reduce their environmental footprint while managing rising costs and declining revenues. By reprocessing single-use medical devices, hospitals can contribute to a circular economy, extend the lifespan of medical devices, and reduce both expenses and waste.

Reprocessing single-use medical devices (SUDs) not only benefits the environment but also strengthens the supply chain by providing hospitals with an alternative source for medical devices. Reprocessed devices are often available faster than those from original equipment manufacturers, offering significant savings to healthcare institutions.

“This initiative showcases the increasing significance of sustainability for medical devices within Australia and our commitment to taking actionable steps to reduce healthcare’s ecological impacts,” said Jane Crowe, Managing Director of Cardinal Health Australia.

According to the company, reprocessing requires minimal changes to clinical workflows, making it an easy and effective solution for waste reduction. When a hospital commits to reprocessing, optimal placement of SUD collection bins for efficient collection are provided. All products within a single area of care can be placed in one bin, which are then shipped to the reprocessing facility. There, devices are sorted, cleaned, tested, inspected, packaged, and either high-level disinfected or sterilised. Many SUDs can be reprocessed multiple times, and when they can no longer be reprocessed, they can be recycled.

Hospitals are keen to understand the impact of their reprocessing efforts. Analytics enable healthcare systems to optimise their reprocessing programs and savings. In the US, Cardinal Health’s reprocessing program provides a sustainability value report, detailing the number of devices collected, the savings achieved, and the reduction in medical waste.

“Cardinal Health’s reprocessing investment paves the way for sustainable medical devices in Australia, will create new jobs in Australia, as well as reduce medical waste and landfill impact. Equally important, it will enhance Australia’s sovereign healthcare capability and boost supply chain resiliency for our customers,” added Crowe.

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