Our 10 Most-Read GI Stories From 2023

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Our 10 Most-Read GI Stories From 2023

The first study reporting the recyclability of single-use duodenoscopes found the process to be “technically demanding” but with “quite promising” results.

Single-use Endoscopy’s top two gastroenterology stories from 2023 featured U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letters sent to companies over medical device reporting lapses and quality systems regulations.

Other recurring themes included contamination and infection risk posed by reprocessed GI endoscopes as well as novel single-use technology. Here are our 10 most read stories from the past year.

10. How Long Can You Store Gastroscopes Before They Need More Reprocessing?

Reprocessed flexible gastroscopes stored overnight and over the weekend in conventional storage cabinets contained bacterial contamination.

9. Study Finds Microbiological Culturing Needed After Duodenoscope Reprocessing

Patient-ready duodenoscopes may harbor high rates of contamination, warranting the additional step of microbiological culturing following reprocessing, researchers found.

8. DDW 2023: Case Study Links Single-Use Gastroscopes to Increased Revenue, Other Benefits

Switching to single-use gastroscopes may enable healthcare facilities to increase procedure volume through improved workflow efficiency — and potentially boost revenue generation.

7. Do Disposable Duodenoscope Tips Eliminate Contamination?

Disposable tips decrease duodenoscope bacterial contamination but don’t eliminate it entirely.

6. ‘Promising’ Results Seen in Recyclability of Single-Use Duodenoscope

The first study reporting the recyclability of single-use duodenoscopes found the process to be “technically demanding” but with “quite promising” results.

5. DDW 2023: How Much Does ERCP Cost With a Reusable Duodenoscope?

A literature review calculated a total cost per procedure for an ERCP with a reusable duodenoscope and found that it was lower in higher procedure-volume centers than in low procedure-volume centers despite increased capital requirements.

4. Reusable Gastroscopes Linked to Superbug Infections in Three Patients

A report filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2022 linked two gastroscopes to three patients who tested positive for a rare strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria.

3. Trends to Watch in 2023: Endoscopy and Gastroenterology

Three trends in particular caught our eye at the beginning of the year.

2. FDA Issues Another Warning Letter to Endoscope Manufacturer

The letter was issued following a November 2022 inspection of the company’s Tokyo, Japan, facility which manufactures endoscopes and endoscope accessories.

1. FDA Issues Warning Letters to Endoscope Manufacturer

The FDA initially issued two warning letters to the endoscope manufacturer for violations, including failure to adhere to medical device reporting (MDR) requirements and quality systems regulations.

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