Product lifecycle innovation
Made of more 
Making improvements today that will become tomorrow’s standard 

The lifecycle of a product from design to launch, to manufacturing and reprocessing leaves a footprint on our world. We know that thoughtful planning can improve the impact we have on people and the planet. Our Research and Development, Global Quality Operations and Sustainability Solutions teams across the world are working to use environmentally sound materials where possible, support sustainability and improve safety. 

Product materials

Focusing on the materials used to build our products, we continue to drive improvements in our company-wide processes. We do this by ensuring new product launches are designed to the latest regulations and standards. In 2018, forty products were launched under these processes. We’ve implemented procedures and tools for the reporting and management of key waste streams such as electronic waste and batteries, in support of the recycling and environmentally sound management of these materials at end of life. Additionally, we're building toward future regulations through projects that address upcoming restrictions under EU RoHS, the restriction of hazardous substances in electronic equipment; and EU Medical Device Regulation to assess and substitute hazardous substances. 

Improving safety 
Spreading truth about surgical smoke

It’s such a startling statistic, many people can’t believe it’s true: One day in the operating room can have the same impact as smoking up to 27 unfiltered cigarettes1

Surgical smoke happens when human tissue is contacted by lasers or electrosurgical devices, causing a toxic plume. In the United States, more than 59 million surgical procedures are performed every year, 85 percent of those procedures use laser or electrosurgical devices2. The risks it carries include chronic bronchitis, carcinoma, leukemia, cardiovascular dysfunction and more. 

The dangers of surgical smoke have been well-documented, yet regulations requiring facilities to evacuate surgical smoke are just emerging as states begin to take notice. As part of our mission to make healthcare better, Stryker is taking strong and active steps to make the OR a safe place for patients, surgeons and staff by: 

Raising awareness 
Surgical smoke is a threat every person should know about—not only in the healthcare setting but also across the general population. To raise awareness, we’re investing time, energy and resources into supporting this cause through educational campaigns, sharing real experiences and conducting MedEd courses which train close to 2,000 nurses per year. In addition, we are partnering with nursing organizations as they work to change policies to strengthen protection from surgical smoke in the workplace.  
Bringing innovation into the OR 
Surgical masks filter some particles, but not nearly enough. Up to 77% of the particles in surgical smoke are not adequately filtered out by standard surgical masks,3 which is why we offer the Neptune SafeAir Smoke Evacuation Portfolio, designed to protect patients and staff from surgical smoke. 

If patients walked by their surgeon smoking a cigarette at the hospital, they’d be stunned. But that’s the same risk professionals take when stepping into the OR without proper safety technology. The United States has banned smoke on airplanes and restaurants—and our society is healthier for it. It’s about time the same happened in the OR.   





One day in the OR can have the same impact as smoking up to 27 cigarettes1

1 – Hill D, O’Neill J, Powell R, Oliver D. Surgical Smoke - a health hazard in the operating theatre. A study to quantify exposure and a survey of the use of smoke extractor systems in UK plastic surgery units. Journ Plas Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012; 65(7): 911-6. 

2 – Ball K. No smoking in the OR. Outpatient Surgery. 2003. Accessed September 6, 2019. 
3 – Katoch S, Venkataram M. Surgical Smoke in Dermatology: It’s Hazards and Management. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2019 Jan-Mar; 12 (1): 1-7.