Cook Medical is launching in the U.S. and Europe its new Flexor Vue Deflecting Endoscopic System. The device is designed for use during urological procedures for easy navigation and visualization as an option over endoscopes in select cases.
The Flexor Vue includes a one-time-use disposable sheath and a visualization source that can be reused up to ten times with careful handling. According to a company representative, “the Flexor Vue is a new type of endoscope because of its disposability. It’s typically used for flexible ureteroscopy, but there are other medical applications as well. Flexor Vue eliminates the need for costly repairs and/or replacement of a scope if damaged. It provides better cost accounting on a per-case basis. It significantly reduces the risk of patient-to-patient biological cross-contamination due to its disposable nature.”
From Cook Medical:
Although not a replacement for an endoscope in every case, the Flexor Vue gives physicians the ability to manage a stone case with only Cook products. It can also be used in other kidney and bladder procedures. The system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when an elaborate cystoscopy or ureteroscopy is not required. And for some facilities, the Flexor Vue provides an opportunity for them to expand their procedural capabilities without incurring capital equipment costs.
“We believe the Flexor Vue will support physicians in many cases,” said Jean-Marc Creissel, global leader of Cook’s Urology division. “The system ensures that they will not have to reschedule procedures because their scope breaks or isn’t sterile. The Flexor Vue is convenient, disposable and could improve patient safety by preventing patient-to-patient contamination.”