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The Higher Purpose Of Disposable Medical Devices In Healthcare

Updated: Dec 10, 2021


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Medical instruments and devices spanning the cardiovascular, neurological, orthopedic, and, in general, surgery disciplines, could pose a threat for infection if a complete/adequate sterilization is not achieved. One of the main advantages of disposable devices is, precisely, infection control and prevention: A major coup in the age of value-based healthcare. These products are typically provided sterile to the hospitals and can be more time-efficient to use over reusable devices that require cleaning and monitoring for functionality and cleanliness.


What is behind the design of a Disposable Medical Device


Several factors must be considered in the design of disposable medical devices, such as: The improvement of patient safety over the entire healthcare experience, including caregivers, driving down HAI (Hospital-Acquired Infections), and saving time and money in hospitals/healthcare facilities.


Any different types of reusable medical devices can be costly (not only when purchasing, but also when cleaning and sterilizing) and are subject to the potentially labor-intensive and complicated process of reprocessing. Disposable instruments are one means to make the process more convenient, because those products are typically pre-sterilized and individually packaged.


If your products can reduce the overall spend for a hospital—in money and time—while improving the outcome and safety of the patient and the time required for caregivers, then you should have successful results. It is also important to be able to maintain, if not reduce, your costs and pricing for as long as possible.


Disposable Medical Devices true facts


· Disposable medical devices increase the number of patients that can be treated, as they do not require the lengthy cleaning and re-sterilization processes associated with reusable equipment.


· Disposable medical devices do not require specific and sophisticated equipment/substances to be adequately cleaned and sterilized. Plus, all the energy required to make steam, the use of potentially hazardous chemicals (which impact the environment) and the operation of machinery and staff required for sterilization will all be saved when using disposable medical devices. Which leads us to the next point:


· Disposable medical devices save time, money and staff required to reprocess medical products: Manpower costs to reprocess the instrument, the cost of staff to arrange for reprocessing to take place, and the collection and reassembling of instruments.


· The use of disposable medical devices or components has the potential to lower costs via logistics and reprocessing savings.


· When you purchase a disposable medical device such as NAD PINWHEEL INC. You support the USA Manufacturing Industry creating jobs in such sector, as these products require ongoing component production and assembly operations. Shop NAD PINWHEEL here: www.nadpinwheel.com/shop.


· Disposable medical devices CAN BE DISPOSED OF AND DISCARDED ACCORDINGLY (JUST AS THE REUSABLE ONES).


· Yes, they are manufactured with materials that can be recycled. Thanks to the increased focus on patient-centered care and accountability, recycling is becoming the preferred management method for single-use medical products. “Recycling of medical products is also growing. Specialized companies, by some estimates, are reducing operating room waste disposal costs by up to 70 percent.” (Barbella, Michael, 2019).



Bibliography

Barbella, Michael. (2019, March 04). Once or Again? Single-Use Products are Gaining Attention. Retrieved from Medical Product Outsourcing Magazine: https://www.mpo-mag.com/issues/2019-04-01/view_features/once-or-again-single-use-products-are-gaining-attention/


Brusco, Sam. (2018, March 04). Deliberate Disposal: Single-Use & Disposables Technologies. Retrieved from Medical Product Outsourcing Magazine: https://www.mpo-mag.com/issues/2018-04-01/view_features/deliberate-disposal-single-use-disposables-technologies/?widget=listSection




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