A Matter of Time: Shifting the Healthcare Paradigm With Single-Use

A Matter of Time: Shifting the Healthcare Paradigm With Single-Use


At DeviceTalks Boston, med-tech executives talk of a day when single-use endoscopy is the standard of care and reusable endoscopes are “hanging in a museum.”

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