Diathermy/electrocautery recycling

James Hamill's picture

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the Network and you may have discussed this before but can I ask for peoples' experience with recycling diathermy handpieces, cords and diathermy pads? We use a lot of them in surgery and they just go to landfill at present at our place. 

We just finished a study on smoke evacuation diathermy, which is important for staff health and well-being, but the smoke evacuation devices bring in even more plastic waste - this motivated us to start looking at how to reduce waste for all our diathermy disposables. 

Any thoughts, comments and shared experience would be very gratefully received.

Take care,


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