The Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT and Radiation Therapy Trade Association (DITTA) has released a new brochure demonstrating how medical equipment refurbishment has a positive impact on the economy, the environment, and patients. “Refurbishment of Medical Devices—Contribution to Circular Economy” is available for free download from the DITTA website.

DITTA is a global organization representing associations and companies in the diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, healthcare IT, electromedical, and radiopharmaceutical spaces. In the United States, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance is a DITTA member.

“Our initiative is embedded in a strategy towards a circular economy. Refurbishment of medical equipment helps save energy and resources while preventing unnecessary waste. At the same time, it allows access to affordable quality equipment,” said Nicole Denjoy, DITTA’s Vice Chair. “Our publication aims at educating stakeholders including healthcare providers, and institutions worldwide on the importance of a robust and sustainable global health system.”

According to the brochure, 48% of all refurbished equipment is sold in the United States, with Europe coming in second at 26%, providing a significant stimulus to the global economy. At the same time, DITTA says, refurbishment benefits hospitals by reducing costs an estimated 20% to 30% while continuing to guarantee safety and clinical performance.

There is an environmental plus too in avoiding the production of new equipment: DITTA estimates that about 30 megawatt hours are saved for each ton of refurbished medical devices. In 2012, 16.4 tons of used medical devices were shipped abroad for refurbishment and repair instead of ending up in landfills.

View the complete brochure on DITTA’s website.