Case-by-case assessment of recoverable materials for overseas donation from 1318 surgical procedures
A nation-wide recovery program may improve efforts to collect unused surgical supplies for donation to third world countries. Many third world countries have a severe shortage of surgical supplies. A study examined the effectiveness of a structured program to collect unused surgical supplies after all surgical procedures at the Yale-New Haven Hospital over a 2 1/2-month period. Unused surgical supplies were recovered from 1,036 surgical procedures. The recovered supplies ranged in value from $1 to $40. The most commonly recovered supplies included sutures, other types of surgical staplers, surgical drapes, laparotomy sponge packs and surgical gloves. A nation-wide recovery program would generate an estimated $193 million in surgical supplies. It would also reduce operating room waste by an estimated 1.7 million kilograms.
Publication Name: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association
Surplus medical supplies
The REMEDY non-profit program is a way to donate to other countries medical supplies that have been prepared and discarded without being used. The decontaminated, undamaged supplies are safe and effective, even though they may not meet US standards for medical care.
Publication Name: World Health
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