The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new single-use bronchoscope made by Marlborough medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific, the company announced recently.
The EXALT Model B Single-Use Bronchoscope is designed for use during bedside procedures in the intensive care unit or operating room, and is able to provide high-quality imaging. The device comes in three sizes and with suction capabilities, intended to assist with procedures related to aspiration of blood clots and lung isolation, according to the announcement.
More than 1.2 million bedside procedures use a bronchoscope each year in the United States, according to Boston Scientific.
The single-use design is specifically designed to help prevent infections related to bronchoscopes which are reused for different patients.