Clinical evidence related to single-use bronchoscopy

Explore clinical evidence, articles and other information related to bronchoscopy and our single-use bronchoscope solutions.

FDA Recommends Single-Use Bronchoscopes

In a new safety communication, the FDA substantiates reusable bronchoscope associated cross-infections. To alleviate the cross-infection risk, the FDA recommends introducing a sterilization step during the reprocessing of reusable flexible bronchoscopes and that single-use bronchoscopes must be considered when there is an increased risk of spreading infection.

Our white paper explores the implications of these new recommendations and demonstrates the impact these have on patient safety, costs, workflow complexity and turnaround time.

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New Study: Single-Use Bronchoscopes Can Cut Hospital Readmissions by 53%

Hospitals that perform bronchoscopies can reduce readmission rates by over half, and potentially lower costs, by adopting single-use flexible bronchoscopes. That’s according to a new abstract that was submitted and presented at the recently completed CHEST 2021 Annual Meeting.

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Learn about the risk of reusable bronchoscope-related "Superbug" Infections, and get recommendations for improving safety (Mehta et al. 2019)
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Study in the Anaesthesia journal takes the cost of treating infection into account. (J.M. Mouritsen et al. 2019)
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Significant savings with single-use instead of reusable bronchoscopes for PDT (Sohrt et al. 2018)
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Average cost of reusable bronchoscopes comparable to or higher than single-use (Ofstead et al. 2018).
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Evaluation of closed-loop system vs standard sampling solutions

In this article, Respiratory consultant, Dr. Suveer Singh, presents the results of his evaluation of Ambu® aScope BronchoSampler. The evaluation was based on procedures performed at Royal Brompton and Chelsea and Westminster hospitals in the UK. 

More effective for collecting and protecting samples

The results of the analysis were published on Karger.com. Prof. Pallav L. Shah reviewed the data and co-edited the manuscript. Among other conclusions, Dr. Singh found that aScope BronchoSampler:

  • Is quicker, easier and more effective than standard sampling solutions
  • Offers a possibly safer technique for diagnostic sampling in the ICU
  • May improve safety standards during the coronavirus pandemic

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More facts and figures

Health economics
Reusable flexible bronchoscopes include costs beyond the initial purchase price, including usage, reprocessing, storage, and transportation.
Learn about the true cost of reusable flexible bronchoscopes

Environmental impact
A study has compared the impact of single-use and reusable flexible bronchsocopes.
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Interactive learning

Webinar Series
Watch our 4-part, educational webinar series, Bronchoscopy During COVID-19, where we look at the lessons learned during the first few months of the pandemic.
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Discussion of the effectiveness of reprocessing flexible bronchoscopes by The American College of Chest Physicians with Cori Ofstead, MSPH and Atul C. Mehta, MBBS
Go to CHEST Journal Podcasts to listen

Audio white paper
Can workflow compromise BAL/BW clinical outcomes? To understand the challenges, Ambu conducted a survey among physicians in the US and UK. Listen to this 9-min recording of the white paper or download the pdf. 
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