Making surgical instruments from medical waste

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Description

TU Delft researchers Tim Horeman and Bart van Straten, in collaboration with the Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam among others, devised a method to melt down blue polypropylene wrapping paper waste and turn it into a new medical device. 

Period7 Oct 2021

Media coverage

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Media coverage

  • TitleMaking surgical instruments from medical waste
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletScience X/phys.org
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size357 words
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/10/21
    DescriptionIn Dutch hospitals, over a million kilos of blue 'wrapping paper' is used each year to keep medical instruments sterile. After they have been used, they create an enormous mountain of waste. TU Delft researchers Tim Horeman and Bart van Straten, in collaboration with the Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam among others, devised a method to melt down this blue polypropylene wrapping paper and turn it into a new medical device. A growing number of Dutch hospitals are adopting this approach. An article about the method was published in the Journal for Cleaner Production.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.129121
    Producer/AuthorScience X
    URLhttps://phys.org/news/2021-10-surgical-instruments-medical.html
    PersonsB.J. van Straten, T. Horeman

Keywords

  • Surgical waste reprocessing
  • Circular engineering
  • circular economy
  • sustainability