Dr. Hudson Garrett breaks down the findings of a study examining the health outcomes of more than 14,000 patients who underwent a bronchoscopy.

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Study: Single-Use Bronchoscope Can Reduce Readmission Rates, Infection Risk

Sterile single-use bronchoscopes should be considered to eliminate reprocessing failures, improve overall operational efficiency, and reduce potential acquisition of healthcare-associated infections.

Hospitals that perform bronchoscopies can reduce readmission rates by more than half, and potentially lower costs, by adopting single-use flexible bronchoscopes.

That’s according to a new abstract that was submitted and presented at the recently completed CHEST 2021 annual meeting. The study examined the health outcomes of more than 14,000 patients who underwent a bronchoscopy procedure and found that sterile, single-use bronchoscopes reduced the readmissions rate 53 percent, from 7.7 percent to 3.6 percent, compared with reusable bronchoscopes.

Dr. Hudson Garrett joined Endoscopy Insights to discuss the findings. In our conversation, he talks about why readmission rates are such an important performance metric for hospitals, the key clinical findings he identified in looking at this data, and the larger quality-of-care and patient safety conversations taking place in healthcare.

Garrett is an Ambu consultant.

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