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Electronic Nose Sniffs Out COVID-19, Other Disease

PERFORMING PROCEDURES

Smell has long been associated with disease detection, and the current COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.

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Quantifying Infection Risk and Cost-Effectiveness in Bronchoscopy
Value-Based Care
The 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 Care
U.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 Challenges
Antimicrobial-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.
COVID-19 Symptoms vs. Routine Seasonal ENT Issues
Preventing Infection
Recognizing the differences between COVID-19 symptoms and those of allergies, sinus infections and upper respiratory infections can help keep ENTs and their staff safe.
University Touts Transition to Single-Use Rhinolaryngoscopes
Performing Procedures
The University of Florida’s radiation oncology department now uses single-use rhinolaryngoscopes to diagnose and treat head and neck cancers.
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Looking for a combination of teaching modes that will produce well-rounded bronchoscopists

Best Practices

A better understanding of how bronchoscopy is supervised could improve how bronchoscopy is taught, researchers write in a study of how attending pulmonologists teach fellows.

Sterile processing is only one field hard hit in the current labor market

Preventing Infection

There are multiple reasons why it’s so hard to find sterile processing technicians, nurses, and a variety of other workers these days. The Beyond Clean podcast explores what’s fueling the current challenges.

Routine bronchoscopy.

Preventing Infection

Dr. Ali Sadoughi, an interventional pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, reacts to the updated safety communication from the FDA about reusable bronchoscopes.