Posts Tagged 'CRE'

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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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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FDA Warns of Infections from Reprocessed Flexible Bronchoscopes

infection risks elevated on reprocessed bronchoscopesThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a safety communication about infections associated with the use of reprocessed flexible bronchoscopes. The notice comes as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation into infections caused by reprocessed reusable medical devices, such as duodenoscopes.

A flexible bronchoscope is a long, thin fiber-optic tube that is inserted into a patient’s throat through the mouth or nose. It allows the physician to ...

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CDC Reports 37,000 Infection-related Deaths over Five Years May Have Been Preventable

CDC reports thousands unnecessarily killed by hospital-acquired infectionThe U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report concluding that 37,000 U.S. deaths from antibiotic resistant germs and an intestinal bug could have been prevented. The CDC says that the deaths, occurring over a five year period, could have been reduced through closer coordination between healthcare officials and public health departments.

Each year, antibiotic-resistant germs such as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteria (CRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), continue reading...

Scope Infections Suspected as the Cause of Superbug Outbreak Near L.A.

duodenoscope bacteria eyed as cause of new outbreakA few months after duodenoscope-induced superbug infections at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center made national headlines, a new report of a suspected bacteria outbreak is grabbing media attention. Patients at Huntington Medical Hospital are believed to have acquired pseudomonas bacterial infections after undergoing procedures using duodenoscopes manufactured and distributed by Olympus Corp. A recent story by the Los Angeles Times discusses the ongoing investigation and the medical ...

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