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Quantifying Infection Risk and Cost-Effectiveness in Bronchoscopy
Value-Based CareThe total cost per use of a single-use bronchoscope is 12 percent less than for a reusable bronchoscope, according to a new study. Single-use bronchoscopes also help significantly reduce infection risk, further decreasing potential costs per procedure.
Does Microbial Testing Make Financial Sense?
Value-Based CareU.S. multisociety guidelines have no preferred recommendation for testing the adequate reprocessing of endoscopes. Microbial testing is timely and costly but, given the cost associated with transmitting an infection, is the time and money worth it?
How Biofilm on Flexible Scopes Shields MDROs
Prevention ChallengesAntimicrobial-resistant bacteria can thrive in biofilm that can form on bronchoscope lumen tubes if they are not properly cleaned. Vigorous adherence to all reprocessing steps—especially precleaning at bedside—is needed to help limit the risk of cross-contamination.
University Touts Transition to Single-Use Rhinolaryngoscopes
Performing ProceduresThe University of Florida’s radiation oncology department now uses single-use rhinolaryngoscopes to diagnose and treat head and neck cancers.