The first webinar, which was conducted on March 31 2021, featured distinguished international speakers including Dr. Raman Muthusamy (USA), Dr. Christopher Khor (Singapore), and Dr. Jean-Francois Rey (France). Dr. Shivangi Kothari (USA) was the moderator, and panelists included Dr. Asma Alkandari (Kuwait), Dr. Nonthalee Pausawasdi (Thailand), Dr. Leonel Castellanos (Guatemala), Dr. Bing Hu (China), and Dr. Luis Caro (Argentina). There was robust participation with more than 350 registrants from all over the world.

Dr. Muthusamy provided an overview of the United States multisociety endoscope reprocessing guidelines, and also noted important take-home points for endoscopy units. His talk focused on the evidence-based methodology used to develop the guidelines, and featured several practical recommendations on endoscopy unit layout, staff training and competency assessment, best practices for precleaning and endoscope reprocessing, the formation of an endoscopy unit infection control leadership team, and areas of future research.

Dr. Khor provided detailed and thoughtful insights on maintaining high quality standards in the endoscopy unit and on continuous staff training and process evaluation. He shared how his team designed a state-of-the-art endoscopy unit at the Singapore General Hospital with the objective of maintaining the highest standards of hygiene. Further, Dr Khor also discussed the current quality control and improvement processes at their unit and the role of nursing leadership in ensuring quality in endoscope reprocessing.

Dr. Jean-Francois Rey discussed the recommendations from the WEO position paper on hygiene in digestive endoscopy, which focused on units in Asia and the Middle East. He provided critical perspectives on endoscope reprocessing guidelines for the region and practical recommendations for resource-constrained settings. This talk also featured key insights on maintaining high standards in manual endoscope reprocessing.

Following the presentations, there was an active Q&A session with several questions on process improvement and the pros and cons of disposable endoscopes, and panelists provided an overview of current practices and challenges in their own regions. The entire webinar can be viewed on the WEO YouTube channel via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHBha91_SYA&t=5s

The next webinar in the series will focus on duodenoscope-associated infections. A distinguished international panel of academic experts and industry leaders will provide perspectives on process improvement, managing outbreaks, and new technologies. Registration details will be available on the WEO website within the next few weeks.

*For more details about WEO’s Collaboration of Organized and Recognized Endoscopy units (CORE) recognition program, please visit our website: https://www.worldendo.org/resources/core/.Screenshots from the webinar