A new study is being done on re-using medical devices. A while back I had a physician make the comment on heart defibrillators not being re-used, but he would know more on that topic than I would. Will we be someday making a decision on whether or not we want a “new” device or “pre-owned”? Obviously it depends on what the devices, so I wouldn’t think that a used knee or hip would be any good, but there certainly are other devices if they could be properly sterilized that could be of use. The companies listed below were some that were to be included in the study to see if some of their devices were in fact re-usable. BD
NEW YORK, NY, Oct 29, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- With the high cost of disposing medical waste, hospitals have begun to reduce the amount of biohazardous waste by turning to reusable medical devices and instruments, though they still generated approximately 7,200 tons of waste each day in 2007. A new report from Kalorama Information, "Reusable Medical Devices and Instruments," values this market at $4 billion and estimates significant growth of 12.9% annually through 2012. For a long time the trend was to use low cost disposables for convenience.
Aesculap Arthrocare Cardinal Health Conmed Genesee Biomedical Integra Life Sciences Jarit Kapp Surgical Karl Storz Kinamed Inc. Mediflex Medtronic/Xomed Stryker Surgical Specialties Vision Sciences Wallach Surgical Device