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Statistic on safety of medical scopes ‘inaccurate, outdated,’ researchers say

“For decades, doctors reassured patients about the safety of medical scopes with a single statistic. But the statistic is 22 years old. And even then it was wrong.”

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Serious infections tied to medical scopes go far beyond issues with a single device

“Infection experts have been warning for years in speeches and research papers that many types of endoscopes can remain dirty after cleaning — only to have their concerns mostly ignored by doctors performing the procedures.”

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A Killer on the Loose

Investigation into the CRE outbreak at UCLA underscores the need for increased scrutiny of medical devices by the FDA before approving them for use on patients.

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Reports to Feds on deadly bacteria outbreaks arrived late

This system of filing these (MDR) reports is the only thing in place that can tell us that devices are having problems, (and) … it often puts the interests of (device) manufacturers and the hospitals ahead of the public,” says Lisa McGiffert, who heads the Safe Patient Project at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. “It’s a pretty weak system.”

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Source: CDC Hospitals Don’t Have to Tell You About Deadly Superbug Risks

“Hospitals don’t have a legal obligation to tell patients about the presence of pathogens — even antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Recent outbreaks, linked to contaminated endoscopes at UCLA and other hospitals, are bringing this policy gap to the fore.”

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Summary of State CRE Reporting Requirements

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Scope superbug: How long did the FDA know about problem?

“This problem has been known since at least 1987,” said Allen, the president of the American Gastroenterological Association. “It certainly is disturbing that a fundamental design issue with these scopes would cause problems for this long.”

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3 Hospital Superbugs You Should Know By Name

Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.

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CRE superbug: Medical experts evaluate the response to and implications of outbreak

An outbreak of an antibiotic resistant bacteria (CRE) occurred at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center infecting almost 180 patients. The culprit was a medical device, an duodenoscope which is like an endoscope and inserted in the throat.

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Doctors fear growing hospital superbug

Health Watch USA makes the news! “CRE is very dangerous. It is almost totally resistant to antibiotics,” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, an infection-control activist who leads the Somerset, Ky.-based watchdog group Health Watch USA.”

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