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Medical Environment Update: Q&A: Disposable colonoscopy scopes

Hospital Safety Insider, November 10, 2016

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Editor's note: The first disposable colonoscopy scope, the Invendoscope SC200, was recently cleared for medical use by the FDA. The single-use scope is being sold at around $200 apiece and is being marketed as a safer alternative to the current industry standard of reusable scopes. Following is a Q&A with Lisa ­Woodward, RN, center director for North Hills Endoscopy Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, who discusses the benefits of the new devices and what clinics should consider before switching to the new scopes.

Q: What do you think of the idea of disposable scopes?

Woodward: Well, in theory, they sound wonderful. I mean, who wouldn't want to have their own individual scope used for their procedure?

 

Q: Do you think the price ($200 per scope) will be off-putting for clinics? How expensive is it to reprocess scopes now?

Woodward: Yes, the cost will most definitely be off-putting for centers that perform these procedures. There is no way to pass the cost of a disposable scope on to the patient, and the average cost to reprocess a scope is about $20 apiece.

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