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Resource ID: #21851
Subject: Medicine
Source: WTHR-TV (Indianapolis)
Date: November 4, 5 and 10, 2004



The recycling and re-use of medical devices labeled for one use only is called reprocessing, and is a controversial practice in the medical industry. Thousands of different devices are re-used by hospitals around the country, ranging from simple blood-pressure cuffs to highly-invasive catheters and biopsy tools. The practice saves hospitals millions of dollars, but consumers generally have no idea.

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