Transition from single-use, disposables to reusables
Over the years, many products in the operating room setting have transitioned to single-use, disposable products, due to convenience, low cost, and infection prevention concerns. The process has led to significant volumes of plastics and other waste, often with little or no available recycling markets. While the upfront price tag of a reusable product may seem more expensive compared to a disposable product, a life cycle cost analysis or total cost of ownership - which takes into account considerations such as production/manufacturing, distribution/transportation, energy, water, waste, and cleaning/sterilization - often yield break-even or positive return on investment and reduced environmental impacts without compromising quality patient care.
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