aScope 4 RhinoLaryngo Intervention prodcedure

Cost and Performance Analysis of Single-Use vs. Reusable Laryngoscopes

Analyzing Value

A study found the Ambu® aScope™ 4 RhinoLaryngo superior in set up and convenience and better overall than reusable competitors.

Recent ENT Articles
Resolving the Problem of Poor Access to Rhinolaryngoscopes
Emerging Technologies
Dr. Matthew Dahl is an otolaryngologist who sees patients at both the private Ear, Nose & Throat Center of Utah as well as on call at a local hospital. It was in the ICU recently where Dahl experienced firsthand what happens when the challenge of reprocessing endoscopes runs up against real-time patient care.
How Biofilm on Flexible Scopes Shields MDROs
Prevention Challenges
Antimicrobial-resistant bacteria can thrive in biofilm that can form on bronchoscope lumen tubes if they are not properly cleaned. Vigorous adherence to all reprocessing steps—especially precleaning at bedside—is needed to help limit the risk of cross-contamination.
More From Single-Use Endoscopy
Bronchoscope

Preventing Infection

Automated storage cabinets cut endoscope drying time by hours or even days and prevent microbe transfer that can occur when contaminated tubing is placed into the next patient, according to a study.

Hanging endoscopes

Patient Safety

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.

Endoscopes in a hospital setting

Preventing Infection

As hospitals face increased pressure to do more procedures with static staffing levels, the chance for documentation lapses increases, experts say. And when that tracking is being done manually, there is even more room for error.