News | Endoscopes | March 22, 2016

Integrated Endoscopy Demonstrates First Single-Use Rigid Endoscope at AAOS

Single-use arthroscope reduces infection, reprocessing, OR delays

Integrated Endoscopy, nuvis single-use arthroscope, AAOS 2016

March 22, 2016 — Integrated Endoscopy Inc. demonstrated its nuvis single-use arthroscope at the 2016 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting, March 2–5 in Orlando, Fla. According to the company, it is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved single-use rigid endoscope commercially available in the United States.

George Wright, president and CEO of Integrated Endoscopy, said that traditional reusable endoscopes can expose patients to infections and are expensive to reprocess and maintain. In contrast, the nuvis single-use arthroscope offers a number of benefits for surgeons, hospitals, surgery centers and patients, including:

  • Protecting patients and staff from healthcare-associated infections due to inadequately reprocessed endoscopes;
  • Eliminating the need for reprocessing and the inventory logistics associated with reusable arthroscopes, reducing costs;
  • Preventing costly operating room (OR) delays and downtime by ensuring the availability of patient-ready scopes;
  • Providing high-definition optics while eliminating fiber optic bundles and expensive xenon bulbs; and
  • Offering a lighter and less bulky design, making it easier on surgeons during long procedures.

Sold singly or in packs of 10, the nuvis arthroscope features advanced, high-tech lenses made with the same technology and low-temperature glass used to mass-produce high-definition, low-cost optics for smart phone cameras. The device also features patented LED technology that provides improved white light at significantly lower temperatures than the fiber optic illumination used in conventional endoscopes, eliminating the need for fiber optic bundles and expensive xenon light bulbs.

The nuvis single-use arthroscope received FDA 510(k) clearance in July 2014. Integrated Endoscopy is currently gearing up production, and it will be available nationwide later this year.

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