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Not All Contamination is Created Equal

PATIENT SAFETY

Among the rare cases of injury or death linked to endoscope contamination, nasopharyngoscopes rank far lower than bronchoscopes and duodenoscopes.

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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.
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Q&A: Why Single-Use Rhinolaryngoscopes Improve Productivity Without Compromising Quality For Bedside Exams
Performing Procedures
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This review assesses the effectiveness of guidance from multiple international societies on performing bronchoscopies during the pandemic.

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Single-use bronchoscopes have provided an extra layer of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic when bronchoscopy or intubation cannot be avoided, according to research. What does this mean for the future of bronchoscopy?

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A decade of studies shows evidence that floors can serve as a reservoir for microorganisms, but there has been little research on the possible transmission of those organisms from floor to host.