Tips for buying Laparoscope

  1. Laparoscopes can meet a wide range of fixed specifications, including viewing angle and diameter. Facilities should carefully evaluate their needs to choose models accordingly.
  2. Laparoscopes - standard and video - should be compatible with many sterilization methods. Autoclave compatibility is preferred. For sterilization purposes, video laparoscopes and peritoneoscopes should be completely submersible.
  3. Another required compatibility is with all common types of light sources and video processors.
  4. Video laparoscopes should be compatible with different video processors; the capability for remote control of video processor or documentation functions is preferred.
  5. Facilities should carefully examine the needs of their clinical setting, determining the frequency with which laparoscopic procedures are performed, and the types of surgical instruments and accessories required, including pelviscopes and peritoneal cavity endoscopes.
  6. Facilities should evaluate the compatibility of the laparoscope with other surgical equipment. Many manufacturers offer sets of laparoscopes of various sizes and viewing angles.
  7. One of the most important peritoneoscope purchase considerations is the optical quality of the image, which is determined by the ability of the fiber optic cables and light source to adequately illuminate the area under view, and the ability of the lens system to transmit a clear, bright image to the eyepiece with minimum distortion.
  8. Pelviscope devices are different from one another in their image brightness and resolution, depth of focus, magnification, color differentiation, angle of vision, and field of view.
  9. Facilities should consider the sensitivity of the peritoneal cavity endoscope device to heat, the time and temperature required for rinsing, the reuse life of the cleaning solution, and manual versus automatic processing before making the purchase.
  10. Some additional factors to consider include: shelf life, disposal restrictions, minimum effective concentration, safety, and cost per cycle.
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