Ambu offers single-use endoscopy solutions for urology that help you increase your productivity and simplify your workflow. We will build on our offering with more quality single-use endoscopy solutions for urology in the near future.

Environmental impact of single-use vs. reusable cystoscopes

Study compares complete life cycle1

Key points 

  • Transitioning from reusable to single-use can reduce environmental footprint 
  • Reprocessing of reusable cystoscopes, alone, had greater impact than whole lifespan of aScope 4 Cysto 
  • Due to lack of manufacturer data for parts of the lifespan other than reprocessing, the environmental impact of reusable cystoscopes was considered close to zero

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1Baboudjian, et al., Life Cycle Assessment of Reusable and Disposable Cystoscopes: A Path to Greener Urological Procedures, Euro Uro Focus, 2022 Dec, Epub ahead of print

Single-use efficiency, next level imaging

Ambu® aScope 5 Cysto HD combines superior HD image quality with the simplicity and efficiency of a sterile single-use cystoscope solution.

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Dr. Wasim Mahmalji talks about how the aScope 4 Cysto single-use concept has streamlined workflow and helped solve cystoscopy capacity issues at Hereford County Hospital.

Professor Helen O’Connell, AO Urological Surgeon in East Melbourne, discusses the advantages of aScope 4 Cysto compared to the reusable cystoscopes she has used in the past.

What are the main drivers for single-use adoption?

Statistical analysis of the survey responses indicated that respondents who anticipated a significantly higher conversion rate tended to be those who currently experience issues that single-use cystoscopes  would address. 

Market drivers – single-use benefits include:

  • Continuous availability
  • Sterility 
  • Cost-transparency 

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The original research paper entitled, Market Readiness for Single-Use Cystoscopes According to Urologists and Procurement Managers Worldwide, was published in Research and Reports in Urology (2021: 13). 

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Environmental impact

Life cycle assessment
A study in European Urology concluded: “Disinfection reprocessing of reusable cystoscopes was found to have a significantly larger environmental footprint and impact than the whole lifespan of the single-use aScopeTM 4 Cysto” 

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Single-use cystoscopes:
100% plastic neutral in Europe and Latin America

A partnership with Plastic Bank® will prevent over 100 tons of plastic from entering the ocean. The quantity corresponds to the amount of plastic used in all of the Ambu single-use aScope products in EMEA and Latin America throughout the year.
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FDA news release on infections associated with reusable urological endoscopes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating numerous medical device reports (MDRs) describing patient infections and other possible contamination issues possibly associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes.

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Do more of your best work

Ambu® aScope 4 Cysto offers clear and sharp imaging and smooth manoeuvrability, which do not deteriorate because you get a brand-new cystoscope for every procedure.

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See short videos in which urologists perform procedures with the single-use aScope 4 Cysto endoscope.

Scientific conference posters

These non-peer reviewed posters, created by Ambu and distributed at EUGA 2020, offer a quick overview of urologists concerns when it comes to reusable cystoscopes, and how they feel about the single-use alternative. 

Survey results:
Market readiness
European urologists showed an interest in converting from conventional reusable to single-use cystoscopes. 
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Survey results:
Almost half of the 105 urologists surveyed were concerned about patient cross-contamination linked to reusable cystoscopes. 
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Survey results:
89 of the 105 urologists involved reported having to wait for cystoscopes to become available, and the majority also reported a deterioration of image quality and/or manoeuvrability.
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Reusable cystoscope issue in Japan
Most of the 53 Japanese urologists surveyed had experienced issues with reprocessing, and almost one third had experienced availability issues.
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The first three posters above are based on a survey conducted among 105 urologists divided evenly in the UK, Germany and France. Poster 4 surveyed 53 Japanese urologists. They were a part of the program at EUGA 2020 and UAA 2020.

Poster: Cystoscopy device-associated adverse events
Thematisation analysis: Most common adverse events related to patient infection and positive microbiological tests
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