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    Life Cycle Assessment of the insertion kit for central venous catheters

    Region Skåne recently published a report on the environmental impact of single-use products compared to reusable products in the healthcare sector, written by one of their student employees Nathalie Wessberg. 

    Can a transition to multiple-use articles reduce the environmental impact of healthcare? A life cycle assessment of the insertion kit for central venous catheters 

    NyhetThe increasing awareness of resource depletion has led to a growing interest in adapting a more efficient use of resources within multiple sectors to support a more sustainable development. One sector that uses large amounts of resources, with the high use of comsumables, is the healthcare sector. 

    The results of this study show that the resource use can be decreased by using reusable products when suitable, adapting the content of custom packs, and implementing strategies to reduce the amount of waste produced. The life cycle assessment indicates that a transition to using central venous catheter insertion kits containing several reusable products can reduce the environmental impact for all of the investigated categories except water depletion. This transition can for example reduce the resource use by fifty percent. The alternatives containing reusable products also had a lower total cost of ownership, when compared to the central venous catheter insertion kit containing only single-use products. 


    In conclusion, the recommendation for the intensive care unit at the hospital in Helsingborg is to use the first alternative for central venous catheter insertion kit, which contains four reusable products, to reduce their environmental impact as well as their purchasing costs. 

    Read the report here >>


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