Saturday 30 May 2015

Cleaning duodenoscopes

In an effort to cut down on the risk of superbug infections tied to a medical device used in hospitals, Olympus America has issued new protocols for cleaning duodenoscopes, which have been implicated in several recent outbreaks, The Washington Post has reported.

The issue is that Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have infected at least seven patients—two of whom died—at California’s Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in recent months. Another 179 patients were possibly exposed, and health officials suspect contaminated endoscopes are to blame.

This, the manufacturer of the type of medical scope linked to the spread of deadly bacterial infections issued detailed new cleaning instructions for the devices, urging hospitals to implement the procedures “as soon as possible.”

Posted by Tim Sandle

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