Reasons to Switch to Single-Use Medical Devices and Disposable Medical Supplies

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When it comes to deciding between reusable medical devices and single-use medical devices or disposable medical supplies, healthcare professionals have to consider the pros and cons of each. For starters, medical devices also cover a wide range of categories. Whether the medical device is for single-use or a reusable item, it can be any equipment or piece of equipment, or an instrument, with medical applications, designed for and used in assessing, monitoring, diagnosing, and treating patients.

What are Single-Use Medical Devices?
Single-use devices are those devices that are used on one patient during only one procedure and then disposed of. Reusable medical devices are those that require reprocessing after a procedure, such steps as cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization. When selecting a single-use or disposable item over a reusable medical device, and vice-versa, the number one factor to consider should be guided by any risk to patient safety. In addition to such risks as contamination and infection, environmental impact, cost-efficiency, time-savings are other factors to consider. 

What is Disposable Medical Equipment
There is no doubt that there has been a steady shift to disposable medical supplies and single-use medical devices over the years, and the trend is likely to increase. Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a genuine threat to patients and can be very costly to hospitals and clinics in more ways than just exposure to insurance claims. Healthcare centers are subject to penalties by having their Medicare and Medicaid payments reduced. Reusable medical devices have always carried a degree of risk for cross-contamination, surgical site infections, and HAI—far greater than a single-use device. Operations and procedures with reusable medical devices place patients at unnecessary risk. Single-use devices are sterilized, individually packaged, disposable instruments that carry none of the risks that reusable instruments do. This is the main reason the shift in using single-use medical devices and disposable medical supplies has occurred.

Weighing the Pros and Cons: Disposable Medical Supplies vs. Reusable Medical Devices
The most prominent issue with single-use medical devices and disposable supplies is the increase in biomedical waste and related environmental concerns. Disposing of biomedical waste—those supplies, materials, and devices contaminated with blood, bodily fluids, secretions, or excretions—must follow certain protocols. Biomedical waste is considered hazardous waste, and improper disposal of it may cause cross-contamination and HAI. The problem isn’t going away. Worldwide healthcare facilities—hospitals, clinics, labs, doctor’s offices—produce 4 billion pounds of biomedical waste annually.

Medical waste is a critical factor in considering using single-use medical devices over reusable medical devices. Because such devices are viewed as environmentally unfriendly, efforts are being made to provide solutions. Some companies offer bio-degradable plastic devices. A more cost-efficient solution in addressing the problem of waste is to recycle disposable instruments. Single-use disposables made with thermoplastic offers a viable, environmentally friendly solution, as they can be easily recycled.

In addition, reusable instruments have their own set of environmental issues that must be dealt with. Decontamination and sterilization require large amounts of water, detergents, chemical disinfectants, specialized cleaning equipment, steam production, and electricity to reprocess medical devices for re-use. The impact these detergents and disinfectants have on the environment poses ecological concerns and the added energy drain to clean them is costly.

Overall, there is a considerable process in reusing a medical device. It takes time, and ‘hidden’ costs associated with reusable medical devices add up. The ongoing costs for reprocessing medical devices include cleaning supplies, personnel, and personnel training, equipment, decontamination or sterilization processes, repair and replacement, tracking and accounting, and other related upkeep. Single-use devices are delivered ready for immediate use, and no time is spent in reprocessing. It’s another reason that single-use medical devices and disposable medical supplies are becoming an attractive alternative to reusable devices.

 Single-Use Medical Supplies: Safer, Time Saving and Cost-Efficient
In weighing the pros and cons of buying and using disposable medical supplies or single-use medical devices over reusable medical devices, the number one factor is protecting patients. In this regard, single-use medical devices offer more protection than reusable medical devices. Benefits of single-use medical devices—no risk of HAI from the product, immediate usage and increasing environmentally friendly solutions—are proving to be more cost-efficient, and offer time-savings that reusable devices cannot. Though there is a place for reusable devices in medical practice and healthcare, the trend in using single-use medical devices and disposable medical supplies will continue to expand as newer, efficient technological breakthroughs in manufacturing and production contribute to the production of higher quality instruments at lower costs.



Plastic Products Catalog

BMP Medical is a quality manufacturer of plastic consumables and plastic products for research and medical diagnostic laboratories. Our products are manufactured to the highest quality standards. We offer a wide selection of products sold through the world’s premier laboratory distributors.

Non-Sterile and Sterile Centrifuge Bottles

  • Available with standard caps for low-speed work and sealing caps for high-speed applications
  • Caps have a built-in gripper to facilitate removal from the rotor
  • Extra thick walls for durability-resistant to most chemicals
  • Wide mouth design makes filling and decanting easier
These precision molded centrifuge bottles are available in polycarbonate or polypropylene. For low speed applications the bottles provide excellent value for large volume/large batch centrifugation procedures. For high-speed work, the easy-to-use Noryl® (Noryl® is a registered trademark of General Electric Company) sealing caps with silicone O-rings enable leak-free processing at high centrifugal forces over long durations. Bottles must be filled to 80% of capacity. Centrifuge bottles may be autoclaved at 121ºC at 15 psi for 20 minutes. Caps should be placed on the bottles without engaging the threads. Bottles are qualified to the rated g-forces using Sorvall® (Sorvall® is a registered trademark of Kendro Laboratory Products) and Fiberlite® (Fiberlite® is a registered trademark of Piramoon Technologies Inc.) high-speed rotors, tested at 20ºC, with bottles filled to 80% of capacity. Failure to use the correct rotor cushion or adapter will shorten the life of the bottle and may prevent achievement of the maximum rated RCF and/or bottle failure. Prolonged autoclaving and reuse may cause stress cracks, crazing or bottle discoloration.
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Sterile Centrifuge Bottles 
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Non-sterile Centrifuge Bottles

Cytology Funnels Category

BMP Medical Cytology Funnels for the Shandon CytoSpin® Centrifuge BMP Medical Cytology Funnels are the functional equivalent of the Thermo Shandon CytoFunnel®. Fully compatible with the Shandon CytoSpin Centrifuge, BMP Medical Cytology Funnels can be used to deposit a thin layer of cells in a clearly defined area of a microscope slide. The filter card absorbs any excess fluid. Operation is identical to those supplied by Shandon and easy-to-follow instructions are included in each pack. All products sold in case quantities only.


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Metal Cytology
Funnel Clips

Double Cytology Funnels

Double Cytology Funnels

Single Cytology Funnels

Single Cytology Funnels

Hemodrop Blood Dispenser

The Hemodrop is designed to reduce the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the Hematology laboratory. To prepare a manual differential smear, a drop of blood needs to be dispensed onto a glass slide from the specimen tube. Simply puncture the rubber stopper with the Hemodrop, and then invert and press gently onto the slide. A single drop of blood will be dispensed and the slide is ready. No more removing the stopper and manually putting a drop on the slide to test blood.  

Multipurpose Containers

These high-quality non-graduated lab containers are designed for the collection, transport, and storage of specimens and samples. Tight fitting lids prevent leaks and odors. Ideal for storing biologically hazardous samples for terminal autoclaving before disposal. Molded from various materials. The stackable containers are resistant to freezing and boiling.


Translucent Multipurpose


Polypropylene Beakers

Polypropylene Beakers are resistant to most commonly used laboratory reagents, including a variety of strong acids, bases, and organic solvents, these high quality polypropylene beakers are the premier choice for scientific laboratory applications. All beakers are transparent for clear content visibility and graduated for easily estimating volumes. Molded-in pouring spouts, and a rolled lip, for a dripless working environment. Autoclavable to 121ºC ( 248ºF).
Polypropylene Beaker

Specimen Collection

For specimen collection and transport, this system provides disposable products for the convenient collection, delivery, and testing of urine specimens. A plastic cup is provided for specimen collection and the pressure sensitive patient identification labels have ample writing space. The lightweight transport rack is small and easy to carry yet provides space for up to 20 tubes with labels and caps. The tubes are made of sturdy polystyrene and are safe for centrifuging. The flared top permits the use of a midget urinometer ensuring a tight cap fit.   
Specimen Collection Kit

Tissue & Ultra Tissue Grinders

We offer two lines of tissue grinders for the clinical lab and research lab. The standard product is all plastic and is designed to grind softer tissues such as liver and spleen. The Ultra tissue grinder line has a vitrified tip and is designed for tougher material such as muscle or bone. Both lines are delivered sterile sealed Tyvek® (Tyvek® is a registered trademark of DuPont) package.

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Tissue Grinders

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Ultra Tissue

Urine Sedimentation System

BMP Medical, a manufacturer of diagnostic products, has a full line of urinalysis disposables. We offer the components separately, or in various kit sizes and configurations. The line is built around our 10-chambered Decislide which is made out of optically clear acrylic. It can take 10 individual samples on the same slide eliminating the need for a new slide for each sample.


Urine Sedimentation

Urine Sedimentation