Single-use endoscopy solutions for urology procedures
Ambu is the largest and most experienced supplier of innovative single-use endoscopes in the world. We will build on our offering with more quality single-use endoscopy solutions for urology in the near future.
The environmental impact of single-use endoscopes
Ambu® aScope™ 4 Cysto may have less impact than one might assume
In order to compare the environmental impact of single-use vs. reusable cystoscopes, it is important to consider factors that are sometimes overlooked.
Because aScope 4 Cysto is a single-use device, the energy, water, chemicals and disposable equipment involved in reprocessing reusable cystoscopes is eliminated.
Reduced waste generation and water consumption
A recent study, The Cost and Environmental Impact of Disposable Flexible Cystoscopes Compared to Reusable Devices (Boucheron, et. al), found that 100% use of the single-use Ambu® aScope 4 Cysto was associated with “reduced waste generation and water consumption compared to reusable devices.”1
These results may prove to be significant as new research emerges looking at the impact of the complete life cycle of single-use versus reusable endoscopes.
1.M. Baboudjian, N. Martin, R. Boissier, V. Delaporte, E. Lechevallier. Étude de micro-costing : cystoscope à usage unique versus cystoscope réutilisable. Progrès en Urologie Volume 31, Issue 13, 2021, Pages 785-786, ISSN 1166-7087
How safe is your cystoscope reprocessing?
Urgent recall in US raises doubts
A large manufacturer has issued an urgent cystoscope recall notice in the US. It included instructions to discontinue High Level Disinfectant and Liquid Chemical Sterilisation reprocessing of its reusable scopes. The recall was followed up by an FDA letter to HCPs. Customers without access to an appropriate reprocessing alternative are being asked to discontinue the use of the affected endoscopes.
Time to consider single-use?
The Ambu aScope 4 Cysto single-use endoscope offers a solution to this issue. It completely eliminates the need for reprocessing and makes a new, sterile cystoscope available at all times for every patient.
Get all the details on the recall, an overview of the practices and shortcomings of reprocessing as it is done today, and learn about the benefits of single-use cystoscopes.
Results indicate market-readiness for single-use cystoscopes
Urologists and procurement managers worldwide willing to adopt
A total of 415 urologists and procurement managers in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK, and the US indicated that they were willing to convert to single-use cystoscopes for almost half of their procedures.
Survey respondents showed willingness to convert to single-use cystoscopes for 44.5% of their cystoscopy procedures.
What are the main drivers for single-use adoption?
Statistical analysis of the survey responses indicated that respondents who anticipated a significantly higher conversion rate tended to be those who currently experience issues that single-use cystoscopes would address.
Market drivers – single-use benefits include:
- Continuous availability
See the detailed results
The original research paper entitled, Market Readiness for Single-Use Cystoscopes According to Urologists and Procurement Managers Worldwide, was published in Research and Reports in Urology (2021: 13).
Facts and numbers
FDA news release on infections associated with reusable urological endoscopes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating numerous medical device reports (MDRs) describing patient infections and other possible contamination issues possibly associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes.
Scientific conference posters
These non-peer reviewed posters, created by Ambu and distributed at EUGA 2020, offer a quick overview of urologists concerns when it comes to reusable cystoscopes, and how they feel about the single-use alternative.
The first three posters above are based on a survey conducted among 105 urologists divided evenly in the UK, Germany and France. Poster 4 surveyed 53 Japanese urologists. They were a part of the program at EUGA 2020 and UAA 2020.