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Evaluation of a disposable sheath bronchoscope system for use in the deployed field hospital
  1. Andrew McD Johnston1,
  2. N K Batchelor2 and
  3. D Wilson1
  1. 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Lt Col Andrew McDonald Johnston, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2WB, UK; amcdjohnston{at}gmail.com

Abstract

At present, UK field hospitals use standard flexible bronchoscopes which require specialised disinfection services that are not integral to the hospital. This leads to prolonged turnover of used bronchoscopes as they have to be sent away to external facilities, which takes 1–3 days and is dependent on air transport to other facilities. In contingency operations, off site sterilisation facilities may not be available. There is a need for a bronchoscope system which can be rapidly cleaned and reused. We evaluated the Vision Sciences EndoSheath Bronchoscopy system, which uses a disposable outer sheath to remove the need for specialised disinfection. We report our experience of using this system in a deployed field hospital in Afghanistan.

  • Respiratory Medicine (see Thoracic Medicine)
  • Received June 12, 2013.
  • Revision received July 25, 2013.
  • Accepted July 28, 2013.

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  • Received June 12, 2013.
  • Revision received July 25, 2013.
  • Accepted July 28, 2013.
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