Compare operating costs of single-use bronchoscopes to reusable bronchoscopes in four easy steps.
Results are estimated based on annual procedure volume, quantity of reusable bronchoscopes, and common costs associated with reprocessing, repair and maintenance, and preventable infections.
Damage to reusable bronchoscopes is possible during procedures, and repairs can be expensive. One study cites $148 for repairs per use (Sohrt, Anne, et al.).
Single-use bronchoscopes don’t need reprocessing. Getting reusables patient-ready is extensive and time consuming: the cost for reprocessing one endoscope ranges from $50.14 to $152.66 (Ofstead, C.L., et al.).
Annual contract fees per reusable bronchoscope add up and often exclude preventable damage. This damage can cost nearly the same in additional fees for out-of-pocket repairs and limit availability of bronchoscopes during off-site servicing.
Single-use bronchoscopes can protect against infection. Multiple studies show that costly infections occur even when reprocessing exceeds national guidelines. The cost of treatment for each infection due to cross contamination and subsequent infection is $28,383 (Ofstead, C.L., et al.; Terjesen, C.L., et al.).
Indicate your hospital’s volume of annual bronchoscopy procedures and current costs. We’ll use this data as the basis for your results.
Indicate how many reusable bronchoscopes your hospital currently uses, plus costs for repairs and annual service agreements.
If annual out-of-pocket repair costs aren’t readily available, that’s OK. We’ve included a range based on published cost analyses.
Gupta, D., et al. “Cost-effectiveness analysis of flexible optical scopes for tracheal intubation: a descriptive comparative study of reusable and single-use scopes.” J Clin Anesth. 2011; 23(8): 632-635
Liu, S., et al. “Cost Identification Analysis of Anesthesia Fiberscope Use for Tracheal Intubation.” J Anesth Clin Res 2012, 3:5.
Based on the total number of reusable bronchoscopes, your annual reprocessing cost is low, average, or high.
This is a conservative estimate that includes common reprocessing costs but not all.*
*Does not include costs associated with repairs by reprocessing technicians, reprocessing due to exceeding hangtime, or the cost of disposing of materials used during reprocessing.
Ofstead, C.L., et al. “A Glimpse at the True Cost of Reprocessing Endoscopes: Results of a Pilot Project.” www.iahcsmm.org. 2017.
The risk of infection is greater with reusable bronchoscopes. With cross contamination and subsequent infection rates considered, this is the estimated number of infections and the estimated annual cost of treatment.*
*Per Terjesen, C.L., et al. “Early Assessment of the Likely Cost Effectiveness of Single-Use Flexible Video Bronchoscopes.” PharmacoEconomics Open (2017). 1:133-141. Cost of treatment per infection is $28,383. Rate of cross contamination is 3.34 percent of total bronchoscopy procedures annually. Rate of subsequent infection is 21.25 percent of cross-contaminated bronchoscopy procedures annually.