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Table 4 Summary of respondents’ preferences and knowledge regarding use of reusable and disposable medical devices

From: Medical, nursing, and physician assistant student knowledge and attitudes toward climate change, pollution, and resource conservation in health care

Preferences and knowledge on reusable and disposable medical devices
 Medical Students
% (N)
Nursing Students
% (N)
Physician Assistant Students
% (N)
Combined Students
% (N)
Medical device preference
Prefer or strongly prefer reusable52.2 (84)64.2 (34)67.4 (31)57.3 (149)
No preference26.1 (42)13.2 (7)21.7 (10)22.7 (59)
Prefer or strongly prefer disposable21.7 (35)22.6 (12)10.9 (5)20.0 (52)
 (Question N = 161)(Question N = 53)(Question N = 46)(Question N = 260)
Ranked #1 in preference determination
Infection control53.4 (86)52.8 (28)54.4 (25)53.5 (139)
What’s available in my institution33.5 (54)16.9 (9)28.3 (13)29.2 (76)
Environmental sustainability4.9 (8)11.3 (6)10.9 (5)7.3 (19)
Habit4.4 (7)15.1 (8)2.2 (1)6.2 (16)
Concern for cost3.7 (6) (Question N = 161)3.8 (2) (Question N = 53)4.4 (2) (Question N = 46)3.9 (10) (Question N = 260)
There is strong evidence that use of single-use disposable medical devices meaningfully reduces infection risk.
Agree or strongly agree43.1 (69) (Question N = 160)50.9 (27) (Question N = 53)34.8 (16) (Question N = 46)43.2 (112) (Question N = 259)