Vascular Solutions, Inc. has reprocessed more than 10,000 ClosureFAST vein ablation catheters through its reprocessing partner, Northeast Scientific, Inc. (NES). Vascular Solutions launched the reprocessing service on January 16, 2012.

The Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) has identified reprocessing as a “best clinical practice,” which allows “stabilization of variable device costs while reducing medical device waste.” The conclusion is based on the review of data collected over 10 years.

“Since we began offering the reprocessing service in collaboration with NES approximately 10 months ago, NES has consistently demonstrated the ability to safely and effectively reprocess the ClosureFAST catheter, and customers have been very pleased with the results,” said Howard Root, Chief Executive Officer of Vascular Solutions. “Vein clinics can elect to have their ClosureFAST catheters reprocessed up to three times each, thus saving significant costs and reducing the amount of medical waste.”

“Reprocessing has become one of the fastest-growing segments of the medical device industry, and the vast majority of U.S. hospitals are now contracting with thirdparty reprocessors for a number of singleuse medical devices because of the proven results,” Root said. “We are very pleased with the continued success of our reprocessing service for the widely-used ClosureFAST catheter.”