American Hospitals Throw Away $15M in Unused Surgical Supplies Each Year

Hub – Johns Hopkins University

A report published in the World Journal of Surgery found that each year, American hospitals collectively throw away upwards of $15 million in unused surgical supplies. These perfectly usable supplies are discarded, despite their condition – and usefulness to other facilities. The researchers found that some of this waste stems from “bundling,” where surgical materials are bundled together for simplicity and efficiency, but any bundled items that aren’t used in a particular procedure are thrown away once a bundle has been opened.

These (and other) findings create opportunities for healthcare organizations to rethink their practices, ideally with a focus on reducing waste and unnecessary costs that are often passed on to patients.

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