TORONTO, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Swedish technology is playing a major
role in helping Canadian hospitals operate more efficiently and realize
significant cost savings, said Teppo Tauriainen, Sweden's Ambassador to
Canada, during a visit to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre today.
"Sweden is pleased with the contribution we've made to Canada's health
care system," said Mr. Tauriainen, during a tour of Sunnybrook's
Medical Device Reprocessing Department - and its innovative system for
cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing medical devices.
The advanced system was developed by the Getinge Group, a leading global
medical company, headquartered in Getinge, Sweden. The company
(pronounced Get-in-a) has operations in the areas of surgery, intensive
care, infection control, care ergonomics and wound care.
In 2008, Sunnybrook became the first hospital in North America (and the
third in the world) to install a bank of state-of-the-art Getinge 88
Turbo washer/disinfectors. Since the installation, the hospital has
saved more than $340,000 annually.
The savings have come from reduced consumption of water, electricity,
detergent and steam, as well as increased efficiencies. The automation
of the washing and disinfection system has also resulted in significant
"The results have been outstanding," says Abdool Karim, Manager of
Sunnybrook's Regional Processing Centre. "They prove that innovative
technology can go a long way toward reducing costs, conserving
resources and improving patient care in our hospitals."
Getinge technology is delivering significant cost savings and
productivity increases at many Canadian health care institutions,
including Sunnybrook, St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton and Markham
"We're committed to developing and implementing health care technology
that will benefit all Canadians," said Doug Friesen, President of
Canadian Operations for Getinge.
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