A single scope can cost about $35,000, depending on the manufacturer, meaning high-volume facilities with a fleet of duodenoscopes are looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital expenditures.
A survey of gastroenterologists and nurses found most are unaware of the correct way to dispose of endoscopic accessories. And incorrectly sorting those accessories as regulated medical waste increases costs as well as the environmental footprint of hospitals.
Several factors must be considered before adopting single-use duodenoscopes for use in ERCP, including performance, environmental waste, and price. This study outlines the cost of reusable duodenoscopes at different endoscopy centers with varying procedure volumes.