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doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181cd5a71
Commentary

Commentary: A Call to Go Green in Health Care by Reprocessing Medical Equipment

Kwakye, Gifty MPH; Pronovost, Peter J. MD, PhD; Makary, Martin A. MD, MPH

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Abstract

Health care is one of the largest contributors to waste production in the United States. Given increased awareness of the environmental and financial costs associated with waste disposal and its public health impact, many hospitals are adopting environmentally friendly practices that reduce waste production and offer equally effective, yet less expensive alternatives. Reprocessing of medical equipment is one such practice that has gained popularity in recent years and has led to major cost savings across several medical disciplines. In this commentary, we seek to take a closer look at the practice of reprocessing, explore the evidence surrounding its safety, and suggest implications of reprocessing for medical centers.

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