Sustainability

Reusable surgical textiles have evolved dramatically in recent decades. The range of products, including gowns, drape packs and tray wraps, enable hospitals to save money, free up space and be more environmentally friendly while offering comparable levels of protection and hygienic performance as disposable alternatives.

Significant cost savings

Trusts are encouraged to focus on the reusable cost transparency. The quoted unit price has no hidden costs, and brings additional advantages such as managed service and VAT reclaims for the NHS, as well as eliminating clinical waste charges. The impact of clinical waste disposal should be a leading factor for Trusts when re-evaluating their procurement of disposable and reusable textiles. Clinical waste disposal costs are rising (averaging from £400 to £600 per tonne) with incineration producing approximately 1.8 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per tonne of waste and releasing harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In addition, improper segregation of waste can lead to spiralling costs for healthcare facilities, with one study reporting that non-hazardous waste contributed 92% of biohazardous waste.

Decreasing your environmental footprint.

By choosing reusable surgical textile products you can increase the Green Credentials of your Trust.

Elis Surgical Solutions provides the most effective reusable surgical textiles solution for you.

Elis Surgical Solutions is committed to helping hospitals improve sustainability by changing many of their disposable surgical supplies to a reusable alternative. Choosing reusable gowns instead of disposable alternatives decreases your environmental footprint.

Our reprocessing facilities in Camberwell and Shrewsbury are designed with the environment in mind.  To ensure we minimise our impact on the local community, we take into consideration the importance of:

Multi-Use Product, Multiple Benefits!

  • Reduction in disposable waste from operating theatres
  • Reduction in the cost of clinical waste

Improper segregation of waste can lead to spiralling costs for healthcare facilities, with one study reporting that non-hazardous waste contributed 92% of biohazardous waste.

Sustainability & lifecycle impact!

Reducing carbon emissions through procurement not only benefits the environment, but also realises efficiencies and cost savings. This is reflected by the incorporation of the Procuring for Carbon Reduction project within the NHS QIPP Procurement work-stream.

Maintaining the required levels of patient protection, hygiene, Antimicrobial resistance and controlling the risk of nosocomial infection is an ongoing concern for healthcare facilities and surgical textiles play an important role in this. In the past, disposal products were preferred because of justifiable concerns about the generation of lint by reusable products. Following the development and use of highly engineered reusable fabrics this is no longer an issue and the performance of multi-use products matches that of single-use alternatives.