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.
Dr. Todd Baron Assesses the aScope™ Duodeno for ERCP
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.
Researchers in the Netherlands calculated a duodenoscope-associated infection risk significantly higher than the generally accepted range, based on reported infections between 2008 and 2018 in the country.
New research shows that hanging endoscopes to dry is not adequate, since in some cases, they were found to contain the same amount of liquid after hanging for five days. Even an alcohol flush before hanging did not shorten, and in some cases lengthened, the time needed for compressed air drying.
SARS-CoV-2 continues to threaten healthcare worker safety, with a new study finding that reprocessing technicians in a gastroenterology department have higher positivity rates than physicians and nurses.
‘Speaking of Urology’ features an Indiana University School of Medicine professor taking listeners through performance and cost-savings findings after her department switched from reusable scopes for 90 days.