On March 4, 2015, state health inspectors declared a rare “immediate jeopardy” ruling for certain medical scopes at Los Angeles’ UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, which according to the inspectors put patients at risk by violating multiple safety standards. Inspectors discovered “staff using contaminated water and a tainted liquid cleaner dispenser being used to ready colonoscopes and other devices for the next patients,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Twenty-one days later, inspectors raised another immediate jeopardy notification again, this time for LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. [Read more…]
Across the nation, from Seattle to Pittsburgh to North Carolina and Florida, hospital officials have revealed that patients have tested positive for drug-resistant “superbug” bacteria after being examined with a special kind of endoscope, called a duodenoscope. At the same time, some of these same officials assert that they have no evidence the medical scopes at their facility actually transmitted the infections.