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Reusing single-use devices in hospitals: a case study
Author(s): Rajesh Srivastava
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, Single Use Devices (SUDs) have been used and discarded, as the name suggests. These SUDs include operating room devices used in areas such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy, devices such as catheters in cardiovascular surgery and in endoscopy, and other general products. However, many of these devices can be remanufactured. Hospitals face challenges in reducing costs. They are increasingly turning to reusing these SUDs. The use of SUDs by a local hospital is examined with the focus on the savings achieved through the program, as well as problems encountered in the process of implementing the program. Various aspects of the remanufacture and use of such devices, including the economics, quality, and customer perception are examined, as well as medical users attitudes. The success of the current program, and its viability in the future are also examined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5262, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing III, (27 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.516139
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Rajesh Srivastava, Florida Gulf Coast Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5262:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing III
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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