Dr. Michael Kennelly Performs Botox Procedure with the aScope 4 Cysto
Minimizing the Risk - Disposable Scopes in the GI Suite
Nancy Schlossberg discusses how single-use duodenoscopes can improve infection prevention in the GI suite.
Evidence-Based Strategies to Eliminate Bronchoscopy-Related Infections
Dr. Hudson Garrett Jr. reviews standards to reduce the risk for cross-contamination associated with bronchoscopy reprocessing.

Preventing Infection

New research out of Northwestern University on performing bronchoscopy procedures during COVID-19 shows results that are “reassuring to the bronchoscopist community.”

Endoscopic procedure begins in hospital room.

Prevention Challenges

A study out of the Netherlands analyzed contamination rates of more than 150 duodenoscopes nationwide. Given the potential for device contamination, the authors concluded that redesigns or a switch to disposable models were the best options for infection prevention.


Preventing Infection

Automated storage cabinets cut endoscope drying time by hours or even days and prevent microbe transfer that can occur when contaminated tubing is placed into the next patient, according to a study.


Emerging Technologies

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth had been used sparingly in urology. Urologists at the University of Virginia found it to be feasible and highly accepted by patients.

Bladder cancer

Public Health

While many cancers are predicted to drop in 2021, the American Cancer Society’s annual Facts & Figures report anticipates an increase in bladder cancer.

Duodenoscopes are the most challenging endoscopes to clean.

Patient Safety

Researchers in the Netherlands calculated a duodenoscope-associated infection risk significantly higher than the generally accepted range, based on reported infections between 2008 and 2018 in the country.

Hanging endoscopes

Patient Safety

New research shows that hanging endoscopes to dry is not adequate, since in some cases, they were found to contain the same amount of liquid after hanging for five days. Even an alcohol flush before hanging did not shorten, and in some cases lengthened, the time needed for compressed air drying.

COVID-19 positivity rates among healthcare workers have been difficult to quantify.

Prevention Challenges

SARS-CoV-2 continues to threaten healthcare worker safety, with a new study finding that reprocessing technicians in a gastroenterology department have higher positivity rates than physicians and nurses.

Flexible Ureteroscope

Emerging Technologies

‘Speaking of Urology’ features an Indiana University School of Medicine professor taking listeners through performance and cost-savings findings after her department switched from reusable scopes for 90 days.

Dr. Todd Baron Assesses the aScope™ Duodeno for ERCP
Ambu aView 2 Advance for aScope 4 Rhinolaryngo

Ambu aScope BronchoSampler - Comparing BAL procedure workflows