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Medical Environment Update: Single-use GI scopes will hit market in 2017

Hospital Safety Insider, October 27, 2016

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The FDA has cleared the first ever single-use colonoscopy scope for endoscopy and endoscopic surgery.

The Invendoscope SC200, as the device is called, was created by Invendo Medical of Germany as part of the company's Invendoscopy E200 system. The new scope is being marketed as a safer alternative to reusable scopes; Invendo claims its use presents a lower risk of infection. The product was approved in September and will be released for sale in 2017 at a cost of around $200 per scope.

While widespread use of the disposable devices is probably a long way off, the costs of storage and disposal for facilities that perform hundreds or thousands of procedures annually are among concerns cited, their invention represents a major breakthrough and alternative for facilities struggling to figure out how to keep patients safe from improperly disinfected scopes.

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