Posts Tagged 'carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae'

Medical Scopes Continue to Cause Superbug Infections

contaminated medical scopes still causing infectionsThe last time we mentioned duodenoscopes and the risk of infection that comes with their use, the United States had a different president. Britain was still firmly in place as a part of the European Union and the first #metoo post hadn’t yet been posted to social media.

It was 2015, and in response to a number of infections and multiple deaths stemming from infections contracted from the use of unclean and ...

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Olympus Warned Europe of Deuodenoscope Contamination 2 Years before L.A. Outbreaks

olympus warned europe 2 years before united states on duodenoscope dangersDuodenoscope manufacturer Olympus Corp. warned European hospitals of device contamination nearly two years before the recent outbreaks at two Los Angeles medical centers, according to the LA times. But according to the article, Olympus made no effort to notify U.S. health care facilities or officials of the contamination risks. The new evidence intensified concerns about how much Olympus knew about the health risks posed ...

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4 Patients Sickened by Contaminated Duodenoscopes

hospital-acquired infections are on the riseFour patients have acquired infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to an article by the Science Times. The discovery comes two weeks after two patients died and an unknown number were infected at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. All six patients were likely infected by contaminated duodenoscopes.

The hospital-acquired infections were reportedly caused by the same “superbug” that broke out at the UCLA ...

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Contaminated Duodenoscopes Blamed for two LA-hospital Deaths

contaminated duodenoscopes kill 2 in Los AngelesScientists at the Ronald Reagan UCLA medical center have identified an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that contributed to the deaths of two patients and may have infected 179 more, an LA Times article reports. The infection is believed to have been transmitted when patients were exposed to infected medical devices during a complex endoscopy procedure involving contaminated duodenoscopes.

Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of gut-dwelling bacteria that are difficult ...

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