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We read with interest the paper by Bang et al on the equivalence of single-use duodenoscopes compared with conventional reusable duodenoscopes to prevent transmissible infections.1 We congratulate the authors for their study demonstrating the economic, technical and safety equivalence of single-use duodenoscopes to conventional reusable duodenoscopes for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
The drive toward single-use endoscopes was generated by the incidence of duodenoscope-related infections in the USA, prompting the Food and Drug Administration in 2019 to recommend that healthcare providers and manufacturers transition to disposable components in duodenoscopes to reduce transmissible infections. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the rate and impact of duodenoscope infection involved 15 studies with over 13 000 duodenoscope analysis and found a 15.25% rate of contamination from preprocessed patient-ready duodenoscopes.2
It must be stated that the risk …
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Contributors AD conceptualised the idea for this letter. BHH, EW, WS and SS contributed equally to the writing and editing of this letter. Green Endoscopy Network members also approved this letter.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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