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Webinar: Comparing the Health Economics of Reusable vs. Single-use Bronchoscopes

SUPPLY COSTS

A study published in Anaesthesia concluded there is a 2.8 percent risk of patient infection post-bronchoscopy when a reusable bronchoscopes is used.

Recent Health Economics Articles
Alternatives to Bronchoscope Reprocessing Make More than Just Financial Sense
Analyzing Value
A variety of policies, practices and products at hospitals makes it difficult to ensure that bronchoscope reprocessing is done correctly and in a timely manner, every time. Alternatives are not only economical but critical to improving quality and ensuring patient safety.
How the Growing Global AMR Threat Adds to Endoscopy Costs
Supply Costs
Many hospital-acquired infections are caused by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, and require intense antibiotic treatment. Should comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs include proper infection prevention protocols for handling and using devices like bronchoscopes?
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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.