Bronchoscope

How Automated Storage Cabinets Perform in Drying Bronchoscopes

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.

Recent Pulmonology Articles
Bronchoscopy During COVID-19: Reviewing an International Expert Panel Practice Statement
Best Practices
Bronchoscopy remains an important diagnostic and therapeutic tool in critically ill patients, but careful preparation and precautions are necessary considering the number of healthcare workers who've been sickened by the novel coronavirus. Dr. Angela Argento and Dr. Elizabeth Malsin discuss what they've learned performing bronchoscopies during the pandemic.
AABIP and AIPPD Endorse New Framework for Graduate Medical Education During COVID-19
Public Health
'These circumstances, and their continued evolution, require a new conceptual framework from which graduate medical education can effectively operate during the pandemic.'
Our Top Bronchoscopy Stories From 2020
Bronchoscopy Applications
In a year filled with new insights into endoscopy best practices and key developments with emerging technologies, one topic dominated reader interest above all others: COVID-19 and the impact of SARS-CoV-2.
High Procedure Volume Boosts Breakdowns in Endoscope Tracking and Tracing
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.
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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.

ENT clinic

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.