To compare the costs of disposable laryngoscopes to reusable scopes in outpatient and inpatient settings.


The total variable and fixed costs involved in flexible scope reprocessing were collected from two general otolaryngology clinics, a pediatric otolaryngology clinic, and a children’s hospital. Variable costs of disposable materials and labor were collected from 65 scope reprocessing events to identify the cost of reprocessing. Fixed costs of scope maintenance, monitors, video towers, and storage equipment were collected from financial records. Fixed and variable costs were analyzed to identify the cost per scope event. The costs were then compared to a theoretical model where disposable scopes were used to meet the volume demands of each clinic and children’s hospital setting. . .

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Originally published March-April 2022.