Posts Tagged 'contaminated duodenoscopes'

CDC vs. CRE: Why Your Life May Hang in the Balance

CDC is working to get hospital-acquired infection rates reducedA war is being waged in America. Parts of this war are likely being fought all around you but you are completely unaware of it. It’s not that you can’t hear it – there’s nothing to hear. It’s not that you can’t see it – there’s nothing to see; at least, not without a microscope.

The war is the constant struggle between antibiotics and the bacteria they are designed ...

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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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How Clean is that Endoscope?

“I’m [making] $13 an hour, and I’ve got the surgeon who built the hospital screaming at me. What am I going to do?”

When most people think about the staff that keeps them off death’s door during a visit to the hospital or doctor’s office, they think of doctors, nurses, and other well-compensated medical professionals. We take solace in knowing that our doctors went to school for years and have incomes well into six- or seven-figures. Their high incomes are, in ...

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Maker of Contaminated Duodenoscopes Releases Updated Cleaning Guide

contaminated duodenoscopes have caused multiple deaths in CaliforniaOlympus America, maker of the contaminated duodenoscopes allegedly responsible for the recent “superbug” outbreaks at two LA hospitals, has released new cleaning instructions for its product. Olympus sent out the updated guidelines to hospitals on March 26, and is urging customers to begin using them immediately. They call for the use of a smaller cleaning brush and include additional steps to flush out debris and disinfect hard-to-clean parts ...

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