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Reprocessing can offer up to 50 percent savings off a wide range of products; these savings can go toward other expenses that, in the end, could help improve patient care and quality. Regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration since 2000, single-use device reprocessing is safe and effective. Reprocessing devices could, on


average, save roughly $20,000 per OR suite annually. Reprocessing devices such as ablation wands, carpal tun- nel release blades and coblators can drive savings of roughly $80 to $110 per device, while reprocessing devices such as arthroscopic shavers and abrad- ers, saw blades, drill bits and burs can save up to $18 to $20 per device. A reprocessing initiative also supports environmental sustainabi-


Regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration since 2000, single-use device reprocessing is safe and effective.”


—Scott Jackson and Ken Diebner


lity efforts by diverting waste from entering landfills. If an ASC does not reprocess its single-use devices, it must dispose of the devices per its normal biohazardous waste manage- ment protocols. By sending these devices to a licensed medical device reprocessor, the facility contributes to environmental sustainability ini- tiatives and diverts medical waste.


It is important that all staff mem- bers are engaged in the reprocessing initiative. OR technicians and man- agers are critical in ensuring surgery centers run smoothly, so they must be involved in the efforts to collect single-use devices during surgical procedures. New staff members also should receive training in the pro- cess. As a result of an educated team, ASCs can operate a successful repro- cessing initiative.


Scott Jackson is the senior director of ASC business at Henry Schein Medical in Melville, New York, and Ken Diebner is the vice president of Provision Device Reprocessing Solutions Inc. in Bend, Oregon. Write them at Scott. Jackson@henryschein.com and ken@ provisiondrs.com.


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