How University of Washington Medical Center improved supply chain efficiency and saved $1M+

The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle partners with Stryker's Sustainability Solutions division to save on medical device purchases and divert waste from landfills by reprocessing single-use medical devices.


SUD reprocessing is the FDA-approved practice of inspecting, cleaning, function testing, sterilizing and packaging SUDs so that they can be safely used again, only at a fraction of the original device cost. To maximize savings from SUD reprocessing, UWMC created a reprocessing task force, including representatives from all four hospitals that participate in monthly meetings to identify new opportunities to grow their savings. This has allowed them to expand the number of reprocessed devices in the EP lab and OR and increase the number of reprocessed devices they buy back.

Stryker also provides ongoing support and customized tools to help UWMC track and meet their savings goals. In 2017, these efforts helped UWMC achieve more than $1 million in savings and divert over 10,500 pounds of waste from landfills.

UWMC is able to reinvest these savings into education programs that support nursing staff in their career development and improve patient care.


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