Endoscopy is a cross-functional task in most hospitals, with several departments involved. The revolutionary single-use invendoscopy concept brings lots of benefits to a broad set of stakeholders.
Many GI endoscopists develop musculoskeletal problems, caused by the high forces and sustained awkward postures associated with GI endoscopy. This can lead to a loss in productivity.
The invendoscope is lightweight and has an ergonomically improved and versatile control body – designed specifically to contour the hand. The increased safety for the patient is obvious, however the handling of dirty endoscopes by staff can now be avoided, as can the healthcare hazards associated with exposure to toxic agents necessary for the cleaning of reusable scopes.
State-of-the-art optics deliver high quality images for direct observation and electronic documentation. Since a new invendoscope is being used in every procedure, a consistent deflection performance from patient to patient is being experienced. The small bending radius of the tip allows retroview in most area of the colon. The diagnostic mode for convenient tip circulation upon scope withdrawal effectively increases the field of view.
The single-use invendoscope means the procedure room is always ready to go, with scopes always available with all components provided in each package and no separate buttons to clean.
Nursing departments have to adapt procedures to the new cleaning and reprocessing guidelines and face increasing pressure from infection control to stay compliant. Switching to sterile and single-use makes handling easier and increases safety considerably.
The increased safety for the patient is obvious, however the handling of dirty endoscopes by staff can now be avoided, as can the healthcare hazards associated with exposure to toxic agents necessary for the cleaning of reusable scopes.
Sterile single-use GI endoscopes are also predestined for use in the OR as the sterile environment is maintained.
One of the main functions of infection control is to eliminate potential cross-contamination throughout the hospital. Especially following recent CRE outbreaks infection control departments are increasing their focus on the GI endoscopy units.
Professional infection control and hospital epidemiology associations such as APIC and SHEA have been requesting a re-classification of GI endoscopes as critical devices requiring sterilization. Continued reports about cross-contamination with multi-drug resistant microorganisms are driving drive change.
If cross-contamination occurs the exposure is large, with significant cost associated with patient notification. Switching to sterile and single use makes handling easier and helps to ensure a clean scope for every procedure. The hygiene benefit is clear for the patient but also a benefit for the entire staff. A switch to sterile and single-use GI endoscopes is an ideal solution.
The hygiene issues associated with today’s endoscopes have an impact on hospitals as it relates to the continuous rising reprocessing cost and the potential of cross contamination due to endoscopes. Secondly, the low startup cost of the invendoscopy system is ideal for adding an additional satellite office or an additional room.
30% of all colonoscopies are performed by non-GI physicians such as colorectal surgeons, internal medicine and primary care physicians. The invendoscopy colonoscopy may be an ideal solution for these groups due to the low startup cost and the elimination of the space, cost and personnel requirements of re-usable endoscopes.