SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

April 21, 2010 17:16 ET

The Greening of the O.R.: Medline Introduces First Biodegradable Surgical Drape

EcoDrape™ Is 96% Biodegradable and Meets Industry Protection Standards

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) -  In response to a growing trend in the healthcare industry to reduce waste and establish environmentally responsible healthcare, Medline Industries, Inc. today introduced the industry's first biodegradable surgical drape made almost entirely from renewable sources. Following more than two years in development, the "EcoDrape™" is 96% biodegradable and meets the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) level 4 protection standards in the critical areas.

"We believe that being 'green' is a critical part of being successful," said Frank Czajka, President of Medline's Disposable Surgical Gown and Drape Division. "It's a commitment to our business, our customers and the future of the planet. It is important that facilities that have embraced 'green' initiatives and made the commitment to reduce their impact on the environment have a choice in products that can help them meet their sustainability goals."

The EcoDrape is made almost entirely from natural fibers -- without dyes, chemical binders or fluorochemicals. The EcoDrape will also biodegrade in five months in landfill conditions.

According to HCWH (Health Care Without Harm), a single medical center "produces an average of six tons of waste everyday." The Association for Operating Room Nurses (AORN) says a large portion of the waste is generated from the operating room. According to AORN, "The volume of waste generated through energy and water consumption... significantly affects the environment and the global economy."

Surgical drapes are used to cover the patient during a surgical procedure (but leaving the incision area exposed) to reduce the risk of infection. The EcoDrape is offered in a number of sizes and surgical packs for use in a variety of minor surgical procedures, including laparotomy, eye procedures and central line.

The EcoDrape joins Medline's portfolio of more than 500 environmentally friendly products that are recyclable, utilize recycled materials, are biodegradable or made from renewable sources, require fewer chemicals when used, use soy-based ingredients instead of petro-chemicals, reduce or eliminate the use of dyes or bleaches, and reduce the amount of energy required to launder.

About Medline Industries, Inc. 
Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies and other markets. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline has more than 800 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services. 

Meeting the highest level of national and international quality standards, Medline is FDA QSR compliant and ISO certified 13485:2003. Medline serves on major industry quality committees to develop guidelines and standards for medical product use, including the FDA Midwest Steering Committee, AAMI Sterilization and Packaging Committee and various ASTM committees. For more information on Medline, visit our Web site, www.medline.com.

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