Carbon Footprint of Single-Use Cystoscopes at Center of Urology Journal Debate

Carbon Footprint of Single-Use Cystoscopes at Center of Urology Journal Debate


A recent study found that the carbon footprint of a disposable cystoscope was “significantly lower” than the reusable alterative. An opposing letter to the editor, however, expresses two “serious methodical concerns” with the study.

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