On average, a catheter saves 2.1 hearts

Medical Remanufacturing is profiled in the current issue of the Fraunhofer Magazine.

Circular economy for complex medical devices

The circular economy is now widely accepted as a central strategy in the battle to halt climate change. Unfortunately this strategy is not easily implemented in the healthcare field. Medical remanufacturing enables the circular economy in healthcare and is often the only chance for medical devices to remain in circulation.

Modern medical devices are often made of high-performance polymers because of their excellent properties. In the case of cardiac catheters, the plastic must be particularly smooth, stable and flexible to pass through the veins to the heart without causing injury.

However,  recycling  these  types  of  special  plastics is not feasible on an industrial scale and therefore uneconomical. If the cardiac catheters are simply thrown away, they end up in a waste incinerator to generate at least a spark of energy. Or they are taken to a landfill, where they outlive the cardiac catheter patients many times over thanks to their durability.

Medical remanufacturing, on the other hand, ensures that the required quality is maintained and continues to meet the high medical standards even when used more than once.

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