At ECA Medical, we are committed to finding new and innovative solutions that will help preserve the environment while providing the industry’s best solutions for patient care. Single-use instruments provide a better environmental solution for healthcare providers.
Overall carbon footprint for single use instruments is lower than reusable instruments according to this 2016 study by Solvay & Medacta.
Source: Solvay, Medacta study on comparing Carbon Footprint of Single-Use and Reusable Surgical Instruments, March 2016
• Environmental advantage of the single-use sets indicated a benefit of 45-85% across all impact categories with the single score indicator depicting an overall benefit of 75%.
• Main drivers were the high environmental impact of the steam sterilization and transportation used for reusable instrument sets.
Source: Life cycle assessment of a disposable and a reusable surgery instrument set for spinal fusion surgeries; Leidena, Cerdasa , Noriegab , Beyerleinc, Herrmann; Insitute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany b Servicio de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain c ATOS Klinik Fleetinsel, Hamburg, Germany, January 2020