Ambu offers single-use bronchoscopes that are guaranteed sterile, always available and part of an integrated solution that improves safety, workflow and productivity. Here, you can learn about our products and explore clinical evidence, articles and other information for pulmonary specialists.


Guaranteed sterility. Ready when you are.

The aScope 4 Broncho endoscopes are part of a single-use, flexible, ready-to-go bronchoscopy solution that improves safety and productivity. The endoscopes are sterile straight from the pack, always available and included in one hassle-free package.

The Ambu® aScope™ 4 Broncho Large 5.8/2.8 single-use bronchoscope

Ambu® aScope 4 Broncho Large 5.8/2.8

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The Ambu® aScope™ 4 Broncho Regular 5.0/2.2 single-use bronchoscope

Ambu® aScope 4 Broncho Regular 5.0/2.2

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The Ambu® aScope™ 4 Broncho Slim 3.8/1.2 single-use bronchoscope

Ambu® aScope 4 Broncho Slim 3.8/1.2

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Ambu® aScope 4 Broncho Sampler Set

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FDA recommends single-use bronchoscopes

In a new safety communication, the FDA substantiates reusable bronchoscope associated cross-infections. To alleviate the cross-infection risk, the FDA recommends introducing a sterilisation step during the reprocessing of reusable flexible bronchoscopes and that single-use bronchoscopes must be considered when there is an increased risk of spreading infection.

What are the implications?

Our white paper explores the implications of these new recommendations and demonstrates the impact these have on patient safety, costs, workflow complexity and turnaround time.

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How do doctors rate the Ambu single-use bronchoscope?

A new study1 showed a preference among physicians for the Ambu® aScope 4 Broncho single-use bronchoscope and Ambu® aView monitor over standard reusable bronchoscopes they have used. 

About the article:
• Published in Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
• Based on Multi-centre European study intubations and bronchoscopies on 176 patients 
• Preference for aScope 4 Broncho may have been due to the quality of the imaging and the ability to bend up and down 180°

1Kriege M. Dalberg J Et al

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Facts and numbers

Bronchoscope availability
Do you always have access to a bronchoscope
when you need it?
Learn about the cost of bronchoscopy delay

Infection control
Is contamination of bronchoscopes really a problem? Get an overview of the risks and financial impact associated with reprocessing of reusable bronchoscopes.
Learn how cross-contamination can affect workflow and costs



Learn about the risk of reusable bronchoscope-related "Superbug" Infections, and get recommendations for improving safety (Mehta et al. 2019)
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Study in the Anaesthesia journal takes the cost of treating infection into account. (J.M. Mouritsen et al. 2019)
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Significant savings with single-use instead of reusable bronchoscopes for PDT (Sohrt et al. 2018)
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Average cost of reusable bronchoscopes comparable to or higher than single-use (Ofstead et al. 2018).
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Effective reprocessing within healthcare facilities, including a review of current data on disposable endoscopes. (Avasarala et al. 2021)
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Review of current evidence regarding the indications for bronchoscopy and measures to be applied to decrease risk exposure. (Biondini et al. 2021)
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Open-access peer-reviewed research

Evaluation of closed-loop system vs standard sampling solutions

In this article, Respiratory consultant, Dr. Suveer Singh, presents the results of his evaluation of Ambu® aScope BronchoSampler. The evaluation was based on procedures performed at Royal Brompton and Chelsea and Westminster hospitals. 

More effective for collecting and protecting samples

The results of the analysis were published on Karger.com. Prof. Pallav L. Shah reviewed the data and co-edited the manuscript. Among other conclusions, Dr. Singh found that aScope BronchoSampler:

  • Is quicker, easier and more effective than standard sampling solutions
  • Offers a possibly safer technique for diagnostic sampling in the ICU
  • May improve safety standards during the coronavirus pandemic

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Ambu single-use endoscopes can be used for a wide range of procedures, including intubation, secretion management, bedside PDT, BAL & BW, One Lung Ventilation and training.

Bedside PDT
Worried about damaging your bronchoscope during PDT?

Find out what you can do about it

“Availability is no longer a problem” Dr. Mark J.G. Gunn, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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One Lung Ventilation
The Ambu portfolio helps you overcome the challenges of proper placement.

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Obtaining bronchial fluid samples:

Can workflows compromise clinical outcomes?

To understand the challenges of BAL/BW procedures, Ambu conducted a survey among physicians in the US and UK. Learn how to simplify your workflow, reduce sample loss and increase safety.

How does your workflow affect clinical outcomes?

Can current BAL/BW workflows can compromise clinical outcomes? Learn how you can simplify your workflow and increase safety.

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On the go?

Listen to the 9-min. audio recording of the whitepaper.

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Facts and numbers

Ambu aScope 3 and aScope 4 Broncho:
100% plastic neutral in Europe and Latin America

A partnership with Plastic Bank® will prevent over 100 tons of plastic from entering the ocean. The quantity corresponds to the amount of plastic used in all of the Ambu single-use aScope products in EMEA and Latin America throughout the year.
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Health economics
Reusable flexible bronchoscopes include costs beyond the initial purchase price, including usage, reprocessing, storage, and transportation.
Learn about the true cost of reusable flexible bronchoscopes

Environmental impact
A study has compared the impact of single-use and reusable flexible bronchsocopes.
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Interactive learning

Discussion of the effectiveness of reprocessing flexible bronchoscopes by The American College of Chest Physicians with Cori Ofstead, MSPH and Atul C. Mehta, MBBS
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Audio white paper
Can workflow compromise BAL/BW clinical outcomes? To understand the challenges, Ambu conducted a survey among physicians in the US and UK. Listen to this 9-min recording of the white paper or download the pdf. 
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Scientific conference posters

Reducing hospital readmission rates with single-use devices
Patient study finds single-use bronchoscopes can reduce hospital readmission rates. Improper reprocessing of bronchoscopes poses a serious patient safety and infection risk.
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Cost advantages of single-use bronchoscopes
ISPOR poster 2021: A micro-costing analysis has shown that by implementing single-use flexible bronchoscopes, a major university hospital in Denmark, can save €133 per procedure, corresponding to €91.770 on an annual basis.
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The cost of reusable flexible bronchoscopes
ISPOR poster 2020: A targeted review has shown that the estimated average cost of use for flexible reusable bronchoscopes across Denmark, France, Germany, Singapore, UK, and USA is $340 and range from $89-$927.
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Articles on singleuseendoscopy.com

Resources from around the web

Practical info & resources

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Bronchoscopy expertise for the ICU, OR, and ER
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