There are two main problems with replacing disposables in the medical industry. First of all, in the current economy, most disposable parts are part of the business case of the developer. Since disposables are often made out of plastics and the raw material for plastics is available for a low price, making low-cost products and selling them with a high throughput has become financially attractive. In order to transform to a fully reusable product, the business model must change.
Secondly, the medical industry is a high-risk industry in which patient safety is of great importance. Over time, the hygienic standards have increased significantly due to which disposables (which have not been in excessive contact with human tissue before use) have become common. With the transition from disposable to reusable products, it should be investigated how to maintain these high hygienic standards without using a linear chain. Not only must the cleaning itself be investigated, but also the whole organization around collection, transport, post-treatment and restorage.
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