Posts Tagged 'contaminated duodenoscopes'

Redesigned Medical Scopes Still Flawed, Dangerous

contaminated medical scopes continue causing infectionsAnother outbreak of the “superbug” attributed to non-sterile duodenoscopes has been reported, this time infecting at least five patients. The outbreaks are the result of a slimy layer of biofilm that can build up inside a scope and shelter bacteria from being removed during the cleaning process; also known as reprocessing.

This most recent outbreak comes despite a product redesign by Olympus, one of the largest manufacturers of the devices in ...

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Study Finds Bacteria in Medical Scopes Survives Intensive Cleaning

study finds bateria still present in medical scopes after cleaningInformation continues to come to light about threatening bacteria found in medical scopes used for critical procedures, the LA Times reports. Cleaning requirements for the devices have become increasingly strenuous since 2015. That’s when Olympus, a major manufacturer, disclosed to US medical professionals that their hard-to-clean duodenoscope design retained bacteria – even after going through reprocessing.

The FDA has urged hospitals and other facilities that use duodenoscopes ...

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Number of Patients Harmed by Contaminated Duodenoscopes Higher than Previously Thought

number of patients harmed by contaminated duodenoscopes higher than previously thoughtIt’s getting harder and harder to know just how much harm has been done in the U.S. and abroad by contaminated duodenoscopes. As more issues come to light about scope design and its impact on device cleaning and sterilization, the number of patients known to have suffered superbug infections from the devices continues to rise.

Now, thanks to a new report commissioned by a congressional investigation, we ...

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Manufacturers May Have Under-Reported Duodenoscope Infection Rates

duodenoscope infection rates may have been under-reportedThe bacterial infections attributed to non-sterile duodenoscopes that sickened and killed patients in hospitals in California and Washington last year may have represented just a small fraction of the total number of cases.

A report issued by the United States Senate accuses device manufacturers of failing to report infections within the required 30-day guideline. Such a failure would lead to artificially low numbers.

Washington Senator Patty Murray launched her investigation ...

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Endoscope Reprocessors New Target of FDA Recall

recall ordered for endoscope cleaning devicesStories of illness and the dangers associated with contaminated duodenoscopes and endoscopes swept through the media recently when CRE infections sickened multiple patients in California hospitals and allegedly killed at least two.

Much of the attention and blame for those deaths and illnesses was focused on a process called reprocessing. Reprocessing is the process of cleaning a duodenoscope or endoscope and making it ready for the next patient. Given that these ...

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FDA Orders Duodenoscope Makers to Surveil Devices in Hospitals

fda orders new standards on duodenoscopesThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently ordered all three duodenoscope manufacturers marketing in the United States to conduct postmarket surveillance studies to assess how their devices are reprocessed (or cleaned) in “real-world settings.”

Duodenoscopes, a type of reusable medical device used in endoscopic procedures, have received a great deal of attention recently after being linked to several deaths and hundreds of infections at two L.A. medical centers. ...

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