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Fujifilm launches droplet-shielding Mouthpiece “B1” and Endoscope Cover “P1”

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 and other pathogens from droplets generated at the endoscopic examinations

News Release

September 29, 2020

This news release is issued by FUJIFILM Corporation in Japan.
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TOKYO, September 29, 2020 – FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced the release of two endoscopic accessories in Japan on October 1. The accessories, the droplet-shielding Mouthpiece “B1” and the Endoscope Cover “P1,” are designed to mitigate healthcare workers’ risk of becoming infected with the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and other pathogens from exposure to patients’ aerosol droplets.

COVID-19 is thought to be primarily transmitted through droplets or by physical contact*1*2. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy via the mouth or nose could trigger coughs or vomiting reflexes, which raises concerns for the spread of viruses through droplets*3. The possibility of viral infection is also pointed out for lower gastrointestinal endoscopy*3*4. Protective equipment and other anti-infection measures are used at the frontline of endoscopic examination to reduce the risk of infection.

Fujifilm has developed two endoscopic accessories that help reduce healthcare workers’ risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and various other pathogens.

< Features of the Mouthpiece “B1” >
  • The Mouthpiece “B1” comes with a drape shield for covering a patient’s face. It shields healthcare workers from patients during peroral endoscopy, thereby reducing the risk of viral transmission by droplets.
  • It reduces the spread of aerosol droplets by setting the sponges with slits to the inserting part of an endoscope which fills the gap between the endoscope and the mouthpiece.
  • The mouthpiece is designed with extra depth to create space between the patient’s face and the shield for easy breathing. It also reduces the discomfort of covering the face with the shield.
  • Internal tests have shown that , the “B1” cuts more than 99%*5 of respiratory droplets measuring 5μm or larger in coughs, compared to Fujifilm’s existing mouthpiece*6.
[Image]Image of B1’s structure / Comparison of the spread of droplets in coughs (internal test)
[Image]Image of a patient wearing the “B1”
< Features of the Endoscope Cover “P1” >
  • The Endoscope Cover “P1” covers the forceps valve, which is fitted onto a port of inserting endoscopic device. The “P1” reduces the spread of body fluid on the endoscopic device when it is pulled out.
  • The drape cover covers the entire operating portion of an endoscope, including the forceps valve, designed to protect healthcare workers from patients’ body fluid.
[Image]Image of the “P1” when it is installed / Comparison of the spread of body fluid when pulling out an endoscopic device (internal test)

Fujifilm will continue to address various needs at the medical frontline to assist healthcare workers on site, while contributing to maintaining and improving peoples’ health.

  • *1 The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China.
    http://www.nhc.gov.cn/xcs/zhengcwj/202002/8334a8326dd94d329df351d7da8aefc2.shtml
  • *2 Yu IT, Li Y, Wong TW, et al. Evidence of airborne transmission of the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus. N Engl J Med. 2004;350:1731–1739.
  • *3 Wang J, Du G. COVID-19 may transmit through aerosol. Ir J Med Sci. 2020
  • *4 Gu J, Han B, Wang J. COVID-19: Gastrointestinal manifestations and potential fecal-oral transmission. Gastroenterology. 2020
  • *5 According to internal tests comparing the number of droplets found within the range of 200mm×40mm
  • *6 Product name: Mouthpiece MPC-ST GMDN:62534 Generic name: Endoscopic bite block, basic, reusable
1. Product name

1) Product name: Mouthpiece B1 
2) Product name: Endoscope Cover P1

2. Release date in Japan

October 1, 2020

3. Main specifications
  Mouthpiece “B1” Endoscope Cover “P1”
Materials Main Body: MABS resin
Drape: Polyethylene
Sponges: Flexible urethane foam
Forceps Valve Attachment Portion: ABS resin
Drape: Polyethylene
Sponges: Flexible urethane foam
Size 300mm×300mm (Drape area) 400mm×550mm (Drape area)
Packing unit 10 units per box 10 units per box

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