Pioneering sterile single-use endoscopy

Single-use endoscopy: Building on a proven concept

Ten years ago, Ambu launched the world’s first single-use flexible endoscope: The Ambu® aScope.  The aScope is now used at more than 3,000 hospitals across the globe proving its worth in both pulmonary and ENT endoscopy.

By 2020, Ambu will bring the advantages of sterile-single-use endoscopes to all areas of gastroenterology in the form of: duodenoscopes, colonoscopes and gastroscopes.

When is the risk of cross-contamination low enough?

In our view, any risk above zero is unacceptable.

Despite the hard work and best intentions of hospital cleaning staff, endoscopes are notoriously difficult to clean. This is evident in the increasing number of reports of patients being exposed to infectious microorganisms via contaminated GI endoscopes. That’s where sterile single-use endoscopy comes in.

Read about the future of endoscopy


High prevalence rate of digestive tract bacteria in duodenoscopes: a nationwide study

“Increasing numbers of outbreaks caused by contaminated duodenoscopes used for Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures have been reported, some with fatal outcomes.”

Read the study abstract


Health economy issues in endoscopy

When it comes to endoscopy, hospitals are facing increased pressure from several directions:


• Stricter cleaning and reprocessing guidelines

• Guidelines have been expanded with 100+ steps in recent years
• Costs are increasing
• More complex and resource-demanding compliance 

• Significant cost burden of capital investment

• Purchasing reusable gastroenterology scopes
• Acquiring associated equipment, such as video processors

• Expensive repair costs

• Scopes break and must be fixed or replaced
• Defects occur that preclude proper reprocessing
(for example, scratches in the working channel)