15 Biggest Single-Use Endoscopy Stories of 2021

15 Biggest Single-Use Endoscopy Stories of 2021

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Infection prevention, health economics, and the growing adoption of single-use endoscopes were among the themes of our most-read stories on SingleUseEndoscopy.com this year.

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3 Trends Urologists Should Watch
Value-Based Care
As life slowly begins to return to normal, urologists should expect some changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic to remain.
Why Have Warning Letters to Device Manufacturers Plunged, And Will That Continue?
Prevention Challenges
Warning letters issued by Center for Devices and Radiological Health decreased from 81 in fiscal 2015 to 9 last year, a 90 percent drop. Expect that trend to reverse, according to an FDA official.
What 10 Years of Chronicling Med-Tech Hazards Reveals About Patient Safety
Preventing Infection
For the first time in a decade, the proper handling of flexible endoscopes was left off the annual Technology Hazards List from ECRI. This year’s list largely reflects the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Endoscope Inventors Saw Inspiration In Surprising Source
Performing Procedures
The ability of sword swallowers to relax their gag reflex and adjust their posture to thrust swords down as far as their stomach helped demonstrate the power of endoscopes.
Here are the Flexible Endoscopy Trends to Watch in 2022
Performing Procedures
Artificial intelligence and robotic-assisted endoscopy are expected to stand out in the coming year, and the power of single-use endoscopes to prevent cross-contamination will keep infection prevention top of mind.
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The medical education community hasn’t fully embraced gamification — point systems, leaderboards, social interaction — in teaching residents. But the potential for better user engagement could be worth pursuing.

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Preventing Infection

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