Image: The EndoFresh Disposable Digestive Endoscopy System (Photo courtesy of EndoFresh)
A new gastrointestinal (GI) endoscope platform helps eliminate potential infections in vulnerable hospitalized patients.
The EndoFresh (Shenzen, China) Disposable Digestive Endoscopy System is comprised of a single-use disposable upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscope observation, diagnosis, and treatment of the adult upper GI tract; a single-use disposable colonoscope for e observation, diagnosis, and treatment of the adult lower digestive tract (including the anus, rectum, colon, and ileocecal segment); and a disposable camera system that clicks into both scopes to provides 1920X1080 pixel visualization. A display monitor is not included in the system.
The disposable electronic flexible endoscopes can bend up, down, left, and right in angles of up to 160° to it gives all-round observation angle of over 360°. Two light emitting diode (LED) lamps provide illumination for endoscopic video diagnosis, treatment, and observation. Auxiliary water and lens-washing capabilities ensure clear vision throughout endoscopy. The camera video processing system provides only white light imaging mode, and apart from the image processing functions, it also provides power supply to the endoscopes.
“EndoFresh's industry-pioneering technology addresses the traditional challenge of expanding endoscopy procedures, while ensuring its single-use devices are cost-effective, risk-controllable and accessible,” said Dr. Lee, CEO of EndoFresh. “With this novel system, medical practitioners could offer patients a secure experience. It helps to prevent the risk of cross-infection and minimize the workload in preoperative screening and postoperative disinfection.”
Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes between patients can result in the retention of blood, tissue, and other biological debris, which can allow microbes to survive the disinfection or sterilization process. This debris can allow microbes to survive the disinfection or sterilization process, which could then lead to health care-associated infections (HAIs). Inadequate reprocessing can also result tissue irritation from residual reprocessing materials, such as chemical disinfectants.