Industry Initiatives

Manufactures who produce surgical drugs and  devices can lesson our environmental impact by reducing packaging, making instruments reusable, and streamlining their manufacturing  and distribution process.Some companies have already implemented significant environmental friendly changes

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How the Industry Can Make an Environmental Impact

Large manufacturers who produce the drugs and devices that we use in surgery are uniquely positioned to make an environmental impact by reducing packaging, making instruments reusable, and streamlining their manufacturing and distribution process. Many companies share the priority of preserving our world for the future. Several have already implemented significant environmentally friendly changes and continue to prioritize internal efforts to lower their carbon footprint.

Because we believe that companies are not competitors but collaborators when it comes to the environment, we invite them to share their challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned.

Reusable Blades: The Future is Sharp

One of the most used instruments in ophthalmic surgery is the scalpel. Diamatrix offers
a multi-use safety knife, the ProTekt, in all sizes that is reusable up to 15 times. It is the
only guarded reusable knife of the market, protecting the surgeon and staff from needle-
stick injuries, while consistently maintaining its sharpness. The ProTekt comes in a
variety of configurations and sizes to help achieve precise and accurate primary and
secondary inciscions. Over the previous decade, Diamatrix ProTekt has been able to
eliminate over 235,000 pounds of OR waste, roughly the equivalent of the weight of a
blue whale! This is an incredible feat for a relatively small company. With further
emphasis on sustainability in the industry, the potential for further waste reduction and a
greener future is limitless.

A Summarized Approach to Sustainability Measures for Health Systems and Industry

This document represents a summary of two roundtables held between health systems, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), and MedTech companies to identify areas of collaborative action that can be taken to reduce healthcare value chain emissions. Key approaches to decarbonization are mapped on a 24-month roadmap as actionable steps that can be taken by individual companies for greater collective progress. As climate-related health crises continue to act as a force multiplier disproportionately affecting populations already experiencing health inequity, collective action steps described in this article can serve as a compounding solution both for the health of individuals and for the business of healthcare. Options for collective action are provided in categories of product innovation, product utilization and clinical engagement, and transportation and logistics with emphases on packaging, composition, takeback programs, durability, reprocessing and reformulation, and efficiency. These best practice recommendations for management and cooperation can serve as valuable guidance as health systems and suppliers continue to face changes to disease prevalence and supply demand among other climate-related vulnerabilities.

Industry Advisory Board

John Hovanesian

Principal at Harvard Eye Associates, Chair Industry Initiatives Advisory Board

Andrew Ihan Chang

Head of Global Sales Ophthalmology
President of Carl Zeiss Meditec USA, Inc.

Chuck Hess

Global VP Development & Operations, Bausch + Lomb

Jeannette Bankes

President, Global Surgical Franchise – Alcon

Jessica Raab

Director of Medical Education, Corza Medical

Mikhail Boukhny

Mikhail Boukhny
VP Global R&D, BVI

Sandor Palfi

Vice President, Americas Johnson & Johnson Vision

Thomas Bosshard

Co-CEO and Board Member of Oertli Instrumente AG

This information and any links to company websites are provided solely for informational purposes as they relate to sustainability. EyeSustain, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, ASCRS, and ESCRS disclaim any endorsement of any individual manufacturer or product. EyeSustain has not received financial support from any ophthalmic manufacturer.