New Study Focuses on Cost Savings and Sustainability in Cystoscopy

Value-Based Care

New Study Focuses on Cost Savings and Sustainability in Cystoscopy

"Each single-use cystoscope procedure saved 15 gallons of water, reduced waste by 6 pounds, and cut CO2 emissions by 33 pounds. These savings translate to 18,798 gallons of water, 6,536 pounds of waste, and a reduction of 39,220 pounds in CO2 emissions on an annual basis".

New research out of Italy shows that single-use cystoscopes can potentially improve current flexible endoscopy practices: They’re not just cost-effective, they’re also eco-friendly.

A recent study in Urology (a journal published by Elsevier ) compared the costs of single-use and reusable cystoscopes and found single-use saved $141,601.29 per year compared with their reusable counterparts. The study looked at various expenses, including initial purchase, cleaning, repair, usage, and environmental impact for both types of cystoscopes.

In 2022, researchers studied the costs of 1,186 procedures at one healthcare facility using reusable cystoscopes. From August 2023, they did the same for single-use procedures. They found that each procedure with a reusable cystoscope cost $353.39, while the cost per procedure with a single-use device was $234.05. Single-use cystoscopes saved $119.34 per procedure.

We have converted Euros to 2024 U.S. dollars for this post.

Single-use cystoscopes not only save money but also contribute to a greener planet, the researchers added. They use less water, produce less waste, and emit less CO2.

Each single-use cystoscope procedure saved 15 gallons of water, reduced waste by 6 pounds, and cut CO2 emissions by 33 pounds, according to the study’s authors. These savings translate to 18,798 gallons of water, 6,536 pounds of waste, and a reduction of 39,220 pounds in CO2 emissions on an annual basis.

It’s important, however, to consider factors such as regional differences for a complete evaluation.

 

More Urology Articles
Why You Don't Know What Burnout Is 'Until It Hits You in the Face'
Public Health
Medicine’s culture of perfection leaves physicians susceptible to burnout and depression, a urologic oncology surgeon and life coach says on the Speaking of Urology podcast.
Why Problems with Reprocessing Ureteroscopes ‘Haven’t Gone Away’
Prevention Challenges
In a new webinar, Cori Ofstead tallies the new medical device reports on flexible ureteroscopes filed with the FDA since last spring and suggests quality management programs worth implementing for reprocessing.
More From Single-Use Endoscopy
A survey of infection preventionists found that product IFUs are sometimes unclear

Public Health

Patient safety depends on it, infection preventionists say.

Artificial Intelligence took center stage at DDW 2024

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Applications

One of the premier gatherings of digestive disease professionals in the world featured more than 400 educational sessions and more than 3,000 research abstracts.

The power of AAMI standards to keep healthcare facilities operating at their best

Patient Safety

So explains Sue Klacik, who has served on AAMI’s standard committees for many years, on the Process This! podcast. It’s not unusual to get 2,000 or 3,000 comments on a proposed standard.