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The single-use rhinolaryngoscope: an evaluation and cost comparison.

Authors
  • Mistry, R1
  • Russell, R V2
  • Walker, N1
  • Ofo, E1
  • 1 Department of Otolaryngology, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
  • 2 Ambu A/S, Ballerup, Denmark. , (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Sep 28, 2020
Pages
1–8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S0022215120001656
PMID: 32985399
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study investigated whether the single-use rhinolaryngoscope is clinically and economically comparable to the conventional reusable rhinolaryngoscope within a tertiary otolaryngology centre in the UK. A non-blinded, prospective and single-arm evaluation was carried out over a 5-day period, in which micro-costing was used to compare single-use rhinolaryngoscopes with reusable rhinolaryngoscopes. Overall, 68 per cent of the investigators perceived the single-use rhinolaryngoscope to be 'good' or 'very good', while 85 per cent believed the single-use rhinolaryngoscope could replace the reusable rhinolaryngoscope (n = 59). The incremental costs of reusable rhinolaryngoscope eyepieces and videoscopes in the out-patient clinic, when compared to single-use rhinolaryngoscopes, were £30 and £11, respectively. The incremental costs of reusable rhinolaryngoscope eyepieces and videoscopes in the acute surgical assessment unit, when compared to single-use rhinolaryngoscopes, were -£4 and -£73, respectively. The single-use rhinolaryngoscope provides a clinically comparable, and potentially cost-minimising, alternative to the reusable rhinolaryngoscope for use in the acute surgical assessment unit of our hospital.

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