Evaluation of the mechanisms of damage to flexible ureteroscopes and suggestions for ureteroscope preservation.
AIM: To investigate the causes and costs of flexible ureteroscope damage, and to develop recommendations to limit damage. METHODS: The authors analysed repair figures and possible causes of damage to 35 instruments sent for repair to a leading UK supplier over a 1-year period, and calculated cost figures for maintenance of the instruments as opposed to repair and replacement costs. RESULTS: All damages were handling-induced and therefore did not fall under the manufacturer's warranty: 28 % we...Expand abstract
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