In the process of reusing these medical supplies, they call the families of pasted loved ones and ask them if they can removes things such as a pacemakers. One of the main destinations for these medical supplies is India. This form of green washing is kind of looked at in the same light as organ donating. Once you pass, giving a piece of you so that way someone else may live. Whether that be the item not being cleaned well enough or even damaging the equipment in the process. I believe that the idea of finding a way to give cheaper supplies to those who can’t afford it is a great one. The best way to improve the process would be to add those protocols. They already have some protocols for organ donating, so it should have similar ones for medical equipment. The first people who need to get on board with making these protocols needs to be the Food and Drug administration, FDA. The article stated, “The industry doesn’t like recycling. Sure, it’s partly because they would rather sell a new device than sell used ones, but it’s also because we, the American people, are so risk-averse that we have sent the message to the FDA that we are not going to tolerate any kind of risk associated with recycling.” Once those protocols are set in, they need workers to monitor and make sure companies are living up to the standards. One protocol that can be used is monitoring who they are taking these medical implants from and what health conditions they might have. Then once cleaned it should be analyzed for any residue and made sure that it still functions properly. The next step would be making sure that the packaging is suitable for that specific item. Though it would cost companies money to properly clean and make sure the products are safe to use, it can actual save them money by not getting sued or causing multiple deaths. Going green has a price, but someone’s life should not be the cost. In the same sense cutting of the program is cutting of people’s opportunity for a healthier life and with these new protocols, this could be more jobs for people. Green washing in the medical field is something that should be considered if we are not only saving material that would have been wasted, but saving someone’s life as well.
Link for short video about topic: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825501
Written By Moriah Brocks
Recycle Medical Equipment From the Dead? Medscape. Jun 05, 2014.