Supporting sustainable development goals and the challenge of reusing of the single use instruments in interventional radiology

  • M.B. Vyval SO «Scientific-Practical Center of Endovascular Neuroradiology NAMS of Ukraine», Kyiv
  • D.V. Shchehlov SO «Scientific-Practical Center of Endovascular Neuroradiology NAMS of Ukraine», Kyiv
  • S.V. Chebanyuk SO «Scientific-Practical Center of Endovascular Neuroradiology NAMS of Ukraine», Kyiv
Keywords: sustainable development goals; interventional radiology; disposable instruments; recycling.


Interventional radiology has traditionally been at the forefront of the modern medicine, offering minimally invasive alternatives to surgical treatment with reducing of the length of hospital stay. The problem of medical waste and the recycling of medical supplies to support sustainable development goals in the health sector has entred a “green revolution” that aims to overcome global warming and fight with environmental pollution. Operating waste accounts for 20 to 70 % of all hospital waste, and many of them require special disposal. On the other hand, revenues for health care companies continue to rise, as do patient care costs, which are a huge burden for families and health systems, especially in low-income countries during COVID-19 pandemic. The issue of disposal and reuse of unique, expensive disposable radiological profile instruments is not widely reported in the scientific literature, but surveys among interventionists indicate that reuse exists even in countries where it is officially prohibited. Despite the emergence of regulations on the reuse of disposable instruments, it is largely carried out outside the quality standards. Also, manufacturers are not interested in reusing disposable instruments and often refuse to provide information on how they can be properly recycled and sterilized. Although well-remanufactured tools have significant promise, both for reducing healthcare costs and environmental pollution, and for spreading modern interventional technologies to the critical places where resources are limited and they can save lives.


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Vyval, M., Shchehlov, D., & Chebanyuk, S. (2022). Supporting sustainable development goals and the challenge of reusing of the single use instruments in interventional radiology. Ukrainian Interventional Neuroradiology and Surgery, 37(3), 89-94.

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