Swedish technology producing major efficiencies, cost savings for Canadian hospitals, states Sweden's ambassador to Canada

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 productivity gains.

"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 Stouffville Hospital.

"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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SOURCE Getinge Canada Limited

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