Gothenburg, 17 October 2023: At the height of a global discussion around the need to reduce hospital waste, an innovative partnership between a Dutch artist and a Swedish healthcare company shows that up to 90% of packaging waste, the major contributor to operating room waste, can be reduced.
In 2019 Dutch artist Maria Koijck underwent a full mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis. The waste from her 10-hour breast reconstruction surgery two years later, including post-op care, resulted in an art installation where she challenged the healthcare industry on more sustainable solutions.
“I was shocked when I discovered how much waste a procedure like mine generated,” said Maria Koijck. “I'm happy that my original video got a lot of attention and reactions from the healthcare industry. But for a long time, my question has been unanswered”.
The result, Swedish Mölnlycke Health Care, a global provider of innovations in wound care and operating room solutions, teamed up with Maria Koijck to recreate her artwork with Mölnlycke’s proprietary “ProcedurePak®” which proved that packaging waste can be reduced by up to 90%.
“At Mölnlycke, sustainability is a core strategic pillar and an integral part of all our innovation efforts. We strive to develop products that are better for the planet and improve patient outcomes without compromising patient safety,” said Zlatko Rihter, CEO of Mölnlycke.
Link to the film “There are other ways”: https://youtu.be/J1InyHgC5oo
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Global Marketing Communications & Brand Manager, ORS
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About Mölnlycke ProcedurePak®:
Mölnlycke’s pre-sterilised tailored procedure tray (ProcedurePak) contains everything needed for a specific procedure gathered in one package, significantly reducing the packaging waste, as well as surplus items generated by more generic procedure trays. In addition to reducing packaging waste with up to 90%, ProcedurePaks help facilitate more procedures by reducing surgery preparation time by up to 40% .
Mölnlycke is a world-leading MedTech company that equips healthcare professionals to achieve the best patient, clinical and economic outcomes. The core business is within the four Business Areas Wound Care, Operating Room Solutions (ORS), Gloves and Antiseptics.
Mölnlycke employs around 8,700 people. The headquarters are in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the company operates in more than 100 countries worldwide. Mölnlycke is owned by Patricia Industries, which is part of Investor AB, an engaged owner of high-quality, global companies founded by the Wallenberg family in 1916. www.molnlycke.com