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Disposable GI scopes will hit market in 2017

Hospital Safety Insider, December 22, 2016

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Hospitals under fire to review and revamp their policies and procedures in the wake of dangers faced from deadly infections borne from improperly reprocessed diagnostic scopes may soon have a new weapon in their arsenal. The FDA in September cleared the first ever single-use colonoscopy scope for use in 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.

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