Boston Scientific is on track to launch a single-use duodenoscope this year designed to eliminate scope disinfection challenges completely. Meanwhile, Pentax recently touted a new hygiene solution designed to make endoscopes safer.
The growth of laparoscopic procedures and robotic-assisted surgeries drove the need for a larger container that could facilitate a new soaking step in reprocessing.
Roughly 28,000 new Bivona tracheostomy tubes manufactured by Smiths Medical are currently awaiting sterilization.
Parents of kids with tracheostomy tubes are unable to get new tubes due to a shortage that is the direct result of a recent sterilization plant being shut down by the Illinois EPA.
FDA is carefully monitoring the medical device supply chain amid a shutdown of facilities that use a gas called ethylene oxide to sterilize medical devices.
This year a number of healthcare facilities are rolling out UVC LED technology for disinfection.