Innovation: The launch of two endoscopes for ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures gives doctors and patients the choice of single-use to improve workflow and patient safety.
Danish medtech company, Ambu, has developed two single-use rhinolaryngoscopes to offer ear, nose and throat specialists an alternative to reusable scopes. Reusable scopes require complex reprocessing before they can be used on the next patient, whereas single-use scopes are guaranteed sterile for each patient.
The first single-use ENT scope is CE-marked and released for sale now, and the second will be brought to market before summer 2019.
A sterile scope
Guidelines for the disinfection of reusable ENT scopes are becoming increasingly strict. As facilities contend with these more rigorous cleaning requirements, there is a growing need for a better way to ensure safety without compromising efficiency.
“We believe that each patient deserves a sterile scope – not just because snot and blood is unhygienic – but because a truly clean scope is the best way to avoid exposing patients to the risk of device-related cross-contamination,” says Lars Marcher, CEO of Ambu. “We have ten years of experience with the development of single-use scopes for use in the lungs, and we have used this expertise to develop two types of ENT scopes that increase patient safety and improve the workflow of ear, nose and throat specialists.”
Better medical workflow
A single-use scope simplifies the workflow of the healthcare professional because it eliminates a number of costly and time-consuming tasks associated with reusable scopes, including cleaning and repairs. As it is single-use, there is no need to establish a new, more complicated workflow or make significant investments due to increased cleaning requirements.
The two types of single-use ENT scopes are:
- Ambu® aScope™ 4 RhinoLaryngo Intervention – for speciality procedures
- Ambu® aScope™ 4 RhinoLaryngo Slim – for routine inspections
Part of a broader range of single-use endoscopes
Ambu is the global market leader within single-use bronchoscopes (for procedurers in the upper airways and lungs). The key benefit of single-use is that patients are not exposed to cross-contamination from devices that have been used in other patients.
As well as in ENT, Ambu is now introducing single-use colonoscopes and will – within the next two years – also introduce single-use cystoscopes, gastroscopes and duodenoscopes (for use in the bladder, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum).
Europe and Australia now, USA in 2019
aScope 4 RhinoLaryngo has been developed in collaboration with ENT experts from across Europe. aScope 4 RhinoLaryngo Intervention is now released for sale in Europe, and Australia will follow in November 2018. Ambu expects to have market clearance for sales in the US before summer 2019. In addition, aScope 4 RhinoLaryngo Slim is expected to be released for sales in Europe, Australia and US before summer 2019.
What is a rhinolaryngoscope?
A rhinolaryngoscope is used by ENT specialists to visualize the airway anatomy from the nasal cavity down to the vocal folds. The scope is used to check a wide variety of conditions and perform specalized procedures such as biopsies, foreign body removal and suctioning procedures.
From the patient’s perspective
Imagine that you have an appointment with an ENT specialist tomorrow. You will be examined by having a flexible scope with a tiny camera placed through your nose to check your upper airway.
You will be given a choice of a scope that has been used on other patients that same day and a scope that is only used on you.
Which one would you choose?
Go to www.ambu.com/ENT to read more about Ambu® aScope™ 4 RhinoLaryngo.
You can download this press release: Ambu brings single-use scopes to ENT (pdf).