In an attempt to reduce the spread of bacteria between patients, Olympus redesigned and modified its duodenoscope medical devices last year. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now reports that five patients were infected with deadly bacteria after being treated with the updated devices, which were approved by the FDA in early 2016. [Read more…]
As reported by Melody Petersen in the Los Angeles Times, according to a letter posted by local city officials, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena broke California law by not quickly reporting a suspected deadly superbug infection outbreak in 2015. [Read more…]
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…]
Olympus, the manufacturer of some allegedly defective medical scopes that have been linked to deadly superbug CRE infections worldwide, announced that it will voluntarily recall and redesign its affected medical scope products. Japan-based Olympus Corporation holds 70% of the share of gastrointestinal endoscopes on the global market.
Contaminated medical scopes may have sickened more Americans than federal investigators had originally determined, according to the results of a U.S. Senate investigation released today. The Seattle Times reports the Senate investigation indicates that from 2012 to 2015, antibiotic-resistant illnesses linked to specialized duodenoscopes sickened at least 250 people – most at U.S. hospitals. That number is nearly double the statistic previously identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cases since 2010. [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.