Breathing Easier with Single-Use Bronchoscopes

This study was specifically done for bronchoscopes because that data was lacking,” says Lars Marcher, CEO and President Ambu A/S, in an interview with MD+DI. Contamination of reusable endoscopes has been known for some time now. “Endoscope Reprocessing Failures Continue to Expose Patients to Infection Risk” was number two on ECRI Institute’s list of Top 10 health technology hazards for 2018. And it has been on the organization’s top 10 list for the past eight years. Shifting to single-use instruments will likely be cost effective as well. According to a 2017 study, “Early Assessment of the Likely Cost Effectiveness of Single-Use Flexible Video Bronchoscopes,” the estimated cost of using reusable bronchoscopes is $424, with a 0.7% risk of infection. Single-use technology costs an average of $305, with 0% risk of infection. Resized_aScope 4 Broncho in origi0nal packaging copy.png “Flexible endoscopes raise specific problems because they are costly to purchase, reprocess, and repair; they are not always available when you need them; and their use risks exposing patients to infections,” says Ambu’s Marcher. “We believe that the challenges in flexible endoscopy should be addressed with single-use devices, and for more than a decade we have been harnessing the technology.” Ambu offered the first disposable airway endoscope approved for sale in the United States for airway manage...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Sterilization Source Type: news

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