Corporate Social Responsibility / Patients 

Working to Benefit Patients Around the World

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Life is fragile and changes fast. One moment, you’re going about your normal life. The next, you may need medical intervention to save your life, ease your symptoms or simply find out what’s wrong.

We do this work because it matters. We are inspired by the stories of those who have been helped by our products. And we are driven to serve those who need a breakthrough we’ve not yet invented.

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Uncovering a new paradigm in endoscopy to address a complicated healthcare need Duodenoscopes are used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts and treat severe, often life-threatening conditions. According to a study mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), up to one in twenty duodenoscopes can be contaminated with disease-causing pathogens. Cleaning these complex devices between ERCP procedures requires a series of up to 100 individual steps and is vulnerable to error. Driven by a patient need for reduced risk of infection, a team of cross functional R&D leaders and outside physicians assembled to develop the EXALT™ Model D Single Use Duodenoscope—the first and only FDA-cleared single-use, duodenoscope. Hear from Dr. Brian Dunkin, VP of medical affairs for the Endoscopy division at Boston Scientific, about why he believes we’re at the forefront of a transformative time for the field of endoscopy.

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The heart of a champion

For professional German athlete Katharina Bauer, pole vaulting is her life’s passion. After years of managing a heart condition while competing, she learned her abnormal heartbeat could lead to sudden cardiac death. Then our work helped give her the security to continue pursuing her dream to one day compete in the Olympics.

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Regaining control and focusing on the years ahead

Meeting her husband, Tom, was an exciting new chapter in life - but ten months after their wedding, Lisa was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Her movements were so uncontrollable that it was difficult for her to work or socialize. Then our work helped Lisa regain control of her movements, allowing Lisa and Tom to enjoy life again and focus on the years ahead.

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Finding a way to move past the pain

Shirley had been living with pain due to moderate spinal stenosis for nearly ten years. It was difficult for her to be out for very long without having to sit down. The first thing she did at work every day was take pain medication. Then our work provided her with a way to move past the pain and get back to enjoying her day-to-day life.

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No plans to slow down

When her husband, Allen, couldn’t finish a round of golf anymore, Dianne knew that something was wrong. The 90-year-old decorated war veteran had no plans to slow down but was regularly getting out of breath. Allen later learned from his cardiologist that he was experiencing aortic stenosis. Then our work helped him return to playing golf and enjoying time with Dianne.

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Conquering years of pain to achieve a goal

In her youth, Kathryn’s occasional leg pain was attributed to her heavy figure skating training schedule. By the time she was getting ready to go to college, she could barely walk. Then our work helped her walk pain free and go on to achieve her goal of completing a marathon.

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Minimizing side effects to stay focused on fitness

Not your typical 81-year-old, Alex has a regular regimen of karate, yoga and daily runs. When he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, his doctor recommended radiation therapy, which is associated with many unpleasant side effects. Then our work helped protect his organs from radiation exposure during treatment and it was not long before he resumed his complete fitness routine.

Partially paralyzed but less afraid of falling

After a hemorrhagic stroke, Marjorie was paralyzed on her entire right side. As time went on, she faced a difficult choice: go back on blood thinners to address her high risk of stroke or avoid them, because her condition made falls and bleeding more likely. Then our work helped her find a new way forward.

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