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Entrepix Medical Launches Transformational Surgical Blade Technology Focused on Patient Healing

Entrepix Medical, LLC, a medical technology startup focused on applying advanced nano-polishing technology used in microchip manufacturing to surgical devices, has announced the launch of Planatome Technology.

CMS Adds 11 ASC Covered Procedures

On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized policies that are consistent with the directives in President Trump’s Executive Order, entitled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors,” that aim to increase choice, lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs, empower patients, and protect taxpayer dollars, a fact sheet reports.

Medline Launches Sustainability Programs

Medline has announced two new health care sustainability programs. The programs, a Green Product Portfolio and a Sustainable Packaging Lab, will help hospitals reduce the amount of product waste coming out of their facilities.

Minerva Surgical Launches Uterine Care Kit

Minerva Surgical announced today the launch of a complete suite of minimally invasive devices and website to support health care practitioners in treating Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB). One-third of outpatient visits to the gynecologist are for AUB, and AUB accounts...

Trees added to national forests thanks to the single-use device (SUD) reprocessing

Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions division donated 5,000 trees to the National Forest Foundation, a 501(c) organization, in 2017 in honor of customers that increased their pulse oximeter collection efforts year over year. More than 150 of Stryker’s customers participated in the inaugural year of the “Pulse Ox for the Planet” program. Collectively they decreased pulse oximeter waste sent to landfills by 12 percent, on average.

The tree donation further enhances the already positive environmental impact of single-use device (SUD) reprocessing. In total, Stryker helped its customers save $326 million in supply costs and divert 13.4 million pounds of waste from landfills in 2017.

“Many of our over 3,000 customers have very successful reprocessing programs that grow every year – generating greater supply savings and environmental impact,” said Brian White, President, Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions division. “We wanted to do more to incent and reward the clinical champions behind reprocessing programs who are helping the environment by collecting devices to be reprocessed. With every device collected by participating hospitals, they’re not only keeping waste out of landfills, but helping our national forests thrive. In turn, their health system is saving more money and reducing its environmental footprint.”

One of the keys to growing the environmental and financial impact of SUD reprocessing every year is device collections at the hospital level. At the end of a patient case, devices are placed in reprocessing bins (instead of red-bag waste or waste receptacles) and returned to Stryker for reprocessing and remanufacturing. Once fully cleaned, sterilized, inspected and tested under strict FDA oversight, devices are sold back to hospitals for a fraction of the price of new devices. The more devices that are collected, the more hospitals have available for purchase – saving them millions of dollars a year.

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