Minimizing the Risk - Disposable Scopes in the GI Suite
Comparing Single-Use vs Reusable Duodenoscopes
Russ Montgomery, PhD, reviews the cost drivers in endoscopy and the value of single-use duodenoscopes.
Evidence-Based Strategies to Eliminate Bronchoscopy-Related Infections
Dr. Hudson Garrett Jr. reviews the current evidence-based standards to reduce the risk for cross-contamination.
In a year filled with new insights into endoscopy best practices and key developments with emerging technologies, one topic dominated reader interest above all others: COVID-19 and the impact of SARS-CoV-2.
A study found the environmental impact of reusable and single-use flexible ureteroscopes to be comparable, with the single-use alternative generating slightly less kg of CO2 per case.
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Applications
The FDA’s recommendation that duodenoscope manufacturers and healthcare facilities transition to different types of duodenoscopes that may pose less risk to patient safety was a common theme in our most-read stories of the year.
Dr. Matthew Dahl is an otolaryngologist who sees patients at both the private Ear, Nose & Throat Center of Utah as well as on call at a local hospital. It was in the ICU recently where Dahl experienced firsthand what happens when the challenge of reprocessing endoscopes runs up against real-time patient care.
Surgical masks and proper hand hygiene protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 during aerosol-generating procedures such as bronchoscopies. PPE is also vital to keeping endoscope reprocessing staffers safe.
Ureteral Stent Removal with the aScope™ 4 Cysto
Duodenoscope Contamination: A Systematic Review of The Evidence