Reusing Medical Devices , The Debate

An interesting debate is brewing among healthcare professionals and medical device manufacturers over the ability to re-use devices that are labeled as single use. Hospitals say that reusing medical devices such as scissors, scrubs, and sharp saws saves money and is safe because the devices are sent away for sterilization. The companies that perfom these sterilization processes argue that once cleaned these medical devices are as good as new. The Government Accountability Office agrees with them. However, the medical device manufacturers, who stand to lose money from such recycling, are not so certain. At this point, it’s not clear which group is correct.