In endoscopy, hygiene is both a challenge and a priority. By providing solutions that reduce the risk of infections, enhance clinical results, improve provider experience, and boost healthcare productivity, PENTAX Medical is committed to addressing hygiene challenges in endoscopy. Harald Huber, Global Vice President for Product and Category Management at PENTAX Medical, emphasizes how important it is to provide physicians a meaningful mix of innovative hygiene solutions.
IH: Mr. Huber, which hygiene challenges do endoscopy practitioners face on a regular basis?
Harald Huber: The drying of the endoscope is frequently underestimated in clinical practice, which can lead to problems with hygiene and reprocessing procedures. Indeed, endoscopes need to go through a thorough reprocessing process before use, including manual pre-cleaning, washing and disinfecting, drying, and storing. To ensure hygiene and prevent any contamination, these actions must be carefully followed and carried out.
In parallel, concerns related to sustainability are increasing, since the healthcare industry is a major emitter of greenhouse gases emissions, demonstrating the urgency to offer treatment that best protects patients and the planet.
IH: What does this mean in practice?
HH: Endoscopy encompasses a broad range of patients with different conditions, many of whom present hygiene challenges. A one-size-fits-all product can simply not serve those different patients and different medical procedures. This is why PENTAX Medical is committed to provide physicians with the solutions they need to assess each situation and choose what is best for the patient on an individual basis.
We do not want to push doctors and patients towards one particular solution. The ultimate goal is to empower doctors with a range of equipment to treat each and every patient in the most optimal way, in order to minimise the risk of infection. We call that the Power of Choice (PoC). The PoC enables us to best treat each patient, instead of letting the product decide what’s best for the patient – and the planet. In this way, they can ultimately make smarter, more sustainable choices.