As reports from news sources like the Los Angeles Times and Reuters proliferate, the full extent of America’s superbug scourge is beginning to surface, and the truth isn’t just disturbing — it’s terrifying. Though health authorities have been warning about deadly drug-resistant infections for over 15 years, a widespread practice among doctors and hospitals that can only be seen as active concealment has hidden the breadth of the crisis, while at the same time hindering efforts to make a dent in the situation. The situation is only worsened by government agencies remain that are either unwilling or unable to impose reporting requirements on a healthcare industry complicit in the problem. [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…]
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…]
The Los Angeles Times has published a scathing report on failures by medical device company Olympus to respond to warnings from its own researchers about contamination dangers in certain medical examination scopes, failures that led to the deaths of 21 people and severe injury to dozens more. The US FDA identified at least 7 separate infection outbreaks relating to the Olympus scopes over the last three years in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Los Angeles. [Read more…]
Two federal agencies took steps this week to address growing public health concerns about potentially fatal, antibiotic-resistant infections caught by patients in U.S. hospitals.