Ambu expands family of single-use bronchoscopes
The introduction of the new Ambu® aScope™ 3 Large gives clinicians the choice of single-use devices to intubate or perform a bedside bronchoscopy – also in cases of heavy secretion.
In 2013, Ambu launched the Ambu® aScope™ 3 single-use flexible bronchoscope in two sizes – Slim and Regular. Since then, the single-use concept of the aScope 3 has been widely recognized and today the aScope 3 is used in thousands of hospitals all over the world.
With the addition of the large size to the aScope 3 family, Ambu now offers hospitals three bronchoscopes in one system. All three are single-use, sterile and readily available. And the aScope 3 family is complemented by the new updated monitor, Ambu® aView™.
Lars Marcher, CEO at Ambu, elaborates: “We have developed the aScope 3 Large because of feedback from our customers – primarily from doctors at intensive care units. They’ve told us that they need a bigger working channel when they encounter tough secretion or a lot of blood in a patient. I’m very happy, that we can now offer an additional single-use device tailored for use in intensive care, because these patients are extra vulnerable to infections from devices like reusable scopes.”
More than 50% increase in suction power
The new version will be presented at the Euroanaesthesia congress in London, 28-30 May 2016. “We have been looking forward to showing anaesthetists from all over the world this new addition to the aScope family. I believe that the added flexibility of the aScope 3 range will further speed up the conversion from reusable to single-use bronchoscopes at hospitals and clinics,” says Lars Marcher.
All three sizes of aScope 3 are developed by Ambu and produced at Ambu’s high-tech manufacturing site in Malaysia.
The aScope 3 Large will be released for sale on 1 June 2016 on the European markets and in Australia. In autumn 2016, Ambu expects to have market clearance for sales in North America.
Market – visualisation and infection risks
Outbreaks of infections linked to contaminated endoscopes have led physicians to question the safety of bronchoscopy. The risk of cross-infection with multi-resistant microbes constitutes a new challenge when it come to the risks involved for patients, physicians, hospitals and clinics. The risk of device-related cross-contamination during intubation and bronchoscopy procedures can be eliminated by using a sterile single-use bronchoscope. aScope 3 is sterile straight from the pack, so unlike reusable scopes, there is no risk that aScope 3 carries residual biofilm from inadequate cleaning.
The aScope 3 is a device to assist clinicians in making intubation and bedside bronchoscopy procedures simple, safe, and cost-effective.
The new updated Ambu® aView™ monitor offers a new Image Extend function that enlarges the live image on aView for better viewing at a distance as well as a video-out functionality allowing the user to display the live image on an external monitor.