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Why Bedside Tracheostomy Costs Considerably Less With Single-Use Bronchoscopes

SUPPLY COSTS

Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy, or PDT, is considered a practical, safe and cost-effective alternative to open surgical tracheostomy, and both reusable and single-use bronchoscopes are suitable for the procedure. But single-use devices save money and eliminate contamination concerns.

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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.