The Ambu® aScope™ Duodeno, a single-use duodenoscope for ERCP procedures.

Report: Emergent Single-Use Technology Offers Infection Prevention Benefits

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Ambu, Boston Scientific and other companies are profiled offering safer alternatives to conventional duodenoscopes for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

Recent Emerging Technologies Articles
How Med-Tech Companies Have Handled Manufacturing and Distribution Demands During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Supply Costs
The DeviceTalks Tuesday webinar explores how three companies handled challenges from the pandemic’s early days and discusses where each finds itself now. They also looked toward the future as hospitals resume elective surgeries that had been put on hold.
Welcome to Single-Use Endoscopy
Featured Article
Welcome! We created this online learning center to explore topics in flexible endoscopy and the work being performed in hospitals, clinics and private practices.
Here Are the Top 10 Advances in GI Endoscopy
Endoscopy Tech
The list, compiled by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s GIE Editorial Board, says artificial intelligence will 'continue to revolutionize endoscopy in the very near future' while interactive tech and simulators drive advances in training.
Med-Tech Podcast Explores Future of Single-Use Endoscopy
Analyzing Value
Executives with Boston Scientific Corp. and Ambu A/S discuss how technology improvements make single-use endoscopes as effective as reusable devices but without the infection risk – and how to win over clinicians loyal to reusable scopes.
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aScope 4 RhinoLaryngo Intervention prodcedure

Analyzing Value

A study found the Ambu® aScope™ 4 RhinoLaryngo superior in set up and convenience and better overall than reusable competitors. The Ambu device also offered comparable performance to reusables in ergonomics and maneuverability and was found to be more cost effective.

Teleurology

Emerging Technologies

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth had been used sparingly in urology. Urologists at the University of Virginia found it to be feasible and highly accepted by patients.

Endoscopic procedure begins in hospital room.

Prevention Challenges

A study out of the Netherlands analyzed contamination rates of more than 150 duodenoscopes nationwide. Given the potential for device contamination, the authors concluded that redesigns or a switch to disposable models were the best options for infection prevention.