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Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Reused versus Disposable Dental Burs


Abstract Healthcare infection control has led to increased utilization of disposable medical devices, which has subsequently led to increased adverse environmental effects attributed to healthcare and its supply chain. In dental practice, the dental bur is a commonly used instrument that can either be reused or used once and then disposed. To evaluate the disparities in environmental impacts of disposable and reusable dental burs, a comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) was performed. The comparative LCA evaluated a reusable dental bur (specifically, a 2.00mm Internal Irrigation Pilot Drill) reused 30 instances versus 30 identical burs used as disposables. The LCA methodology was performed using framework described by the International Organizatio... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Unger, Scott (Author) / Landis, Amy (Advisor) / Wilson, Natalia (Committee member) / Chester, Mikhail (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental engineering / Dental bur / LCA / Life cycle assessment
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 51 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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