COVER STORY: Driving innovation in endoscope decontamination

Wassenburg has pioneered in the field of endoscope decontamination, with the aim of improving patient safety. However, the company’s vision goes beyond just ensuring a clean scope – with the company’s CEOs setting out a commitment to sustainable and ethical values.

1984 was a key milestone for the world of decontamination – the world’s first AER was designed by Wassenburg’s founder, Gerrit Wassenburg. The landscape of endoscope decontamination has greatly changed since 1984, but the company’s drive for innovation remains the same, and it is constantly looking at innovation and improvements to endoscope reprocessing

Wassenburg recognised the need for a washer-disinfector and began the arduous task of designing one. His patented concept – in which endoscope channels are individually connected, washed, disinfected, controlled and monitored during reprocessing – is still the foundation for our state-of-the-art endoscope washer-disinfectors today. 

It wasn’t until the early 2000s that the Wassenburg products entered the UK. Until this time, the UK was heavily reliant on the manual reprocessing of endoscopes. In addition, there were several key incidents across the UK, due to users not knowing how to reprocess endoscopes correctly. The WASSENBURG® WD440 top loader offered healthcare establishments the opportunity to reprocess endoscopes in an automated washer-disinfector.

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