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Miele Professional ..... Dubai sent a total of 2.6 million tons of waste to landfill in 2013.

Miele Professional to showcase latest medical products

DUBAI, January 26, 2015

Miele Professional, the industry focused arm of the German manufacturer of high-end domestic appliances and fitted kitchens, will showcase its latest additions to medical technology at Arab Health 2015.

There is an increasing demand for more advanced methods of reprocessing medical equipment to reduce waste and cut equipment costs, in the Middle East, said a statement.

According to EcoMena, the UAE generates an estimated 21.5 tons of medical waste every day, (Abu Dhabi alone accounts for 12 tons) or put another way, approximately 10 kg per hospital bed. Saudi Arabia generates 80 tons per day, Kuwait 12 tons and Bahrain 7 tons – in total the GCC countries combined generate over 150 tons of medical waste daily, it added.

Babak Rashnavadi, head of Miele Professional, said: “Dubai sent a total of 2.6 million tons of waste to landfill in 2013. What compounds the situation is that 15-25 per cent of that is probably medical waste, containing hazardous materials such as infectious waste, contaminated with body fluids including disposal medical devices, which can present a health risk.”

“Dubai has set itself a challenging target of zero landfill waste by 2030, so it will need to drive its recycling culture to cut down proportionately on medical waste as well,” he added.

A research in the US has noted that recycling and reusing medical equipment wherever possible can generate savings between $100,000 to $1.5 million in just 12 months, and also adds to the environmental benefits.

Research by Johns Hopkins Medicine has also highlighted the multi-million dollar savings hospitals could make by cleaning, recycling and reusing medical equipment instead of opting for disposable equipment. In many parts of the developed world, medical waste is a significant contributor to landfill, second only to the food industry in the gross amount of waste created.

“Resterilisation and retesting could decrease the amount of needless waste from hospitals. Indeed a recent study by the US Government Accountability Office concluded that reprocessed devices do not present an increased health risk over new devices,” Rashnavadi said.

Miele Professional will showcase a range of reprocessing products, at this year’s Arab Health exhibition in Dubai, including washer-disinfectors, large steam sterilisers and chamber washer disinfectors.

Features such as short process times, service-friendly designs, intuitive operation, reduced water and detergent consumption, intensive cleaning and short cycle times, underscore the new range’s sustainability and efficiency message.

“The new generation washer-disinfectors are safer and more powerful, and use an innovative water circulation system that saves water and electricity. A newly designed chamber offers the ultimate in hygiene and increases reprocessing capacity by up to 50 per cent compared with the previous model.

“The disinfectors also combine efficiency with user convenience. After the final rinse cycle, steam is drawn into the steam condenser ensuring that, in a short space of time, the load is dry, thereby significantly reducing the length of the cooling process,” added Rashnavadi.

All Miele sterilisation and disinfector products to be showcased at the four-day event are CE certified and endorsed by Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, the government organisation responsible for disease control and prevention, it added. – TradeArabia News Service




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