- Reprocessing SUDs is an affordable way for hospitals to conserve valuable healthcare resources and reduce medical waste, all without compromising outcomes or patient safety
- Reprocessed SUDs deliver clinical outcomes and patient benefits equivalent to new devices, but at half the cost of new
- Hospitals can invest the savings generated by reprocessing SUDs in staffing, new technology and operating costs
- Those investments help ensure clinicians continue to have access to the resources they need, when they need them, including their preferred products
The difference between hospital-based and third-party reprocessing
Hospital-based reprocessing is limited to reusable devices and includes only cleaning and sterilization. Reprocessing single-use devices is a highly regulated, complex process, and hospitals must turn to third-party reprocessors for this service.
Hospital-based reprocessing includes:
- Reusable devices only
- Cleaning and sterilization only
Third-party reprocessing includes:
- Reusable and single-use devices
- Cleaning, sterilization and functionality
- Validated methods in accordance with FDA guidance
- FDA 510(k) clearance required prior to sale or use (where required)
Are reprocessed single-use devices safe to use?
Yes. Multiple clinical studies have concluded that reprocessed devices are as clean and safe as new devices.