Posts Tagged 'CRE'

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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Chicago Hospitals Halve Infections from Dangerous Superbug

CRE infections on the decline in Chicago hospitalsA group of Chicago hospitals have succeeded in halving the number of infections caused by the deadly superbug involved in two recent Los Angeles outbreaks, Reuters reports. U.S. health officials have taken note of the success, and now want to replicate the results on a national scale. According to the article, the White House recently informed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of its ...

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Federal Panel Declares Poorly Designed Duodenoscopes Unsafe

duodenoscopes ruled unsafe as designedA federal panel has concluded that the duodenoscopes involved in two Los Angeles “superbug” outbreaks are unsafe as designed. According to a Los Angeles Times article, the government is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do more to ensure patient safety.

The outbreaks occurred earlier this year after patients at two Los Angeles hospitals underwent procedures involving contaminated duodenoscopes. At the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, two ...

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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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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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