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LA Times: Scope maker Olympus faces scrutiny over patient deaths, infections

The industry leader finds itself at the center of superbug outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, including UCLA, where two patients have died and nearly 180 more people may have been exposed to deadly bacteria on contaminated Olympus scopes.

LA Times: Olympus to recall and redesign medical scope linked to superbug outbreaks

From LA Times: Olympus Corp. said Friday that it would voluntarily recall and redesign a troubled medical scope that has been linked to deadly patient infections around the world. The company, which sells about 85% of the duodenoscopes used in the United States, said it would revamp an internal mechanism inside the reusable device that [...]

Would TNE-the Safe Alternative to Endoscopies-Have Saved Joan Rivers?

“New and safer approaches to the diagnosis of esophageal cancer have been developed and perfected over the past twenty years, but their utilization has been stymied by special interests. CSE was created in order to break the conspiracy of silence and insure that patients know that there are better diagnostic tools available to them, ones that pose a much less significant threat to their health and longevity.”

LA Times: Dirty scopes needlessly infected scores of patients, investigation finds

Scores of hospital patients treated with medical scopes were infected with potentially deadly bacteria because of repeated failures by manufacturers, regulators and hospitals to report outbreaks, according to a U.S. Senate investigation released Wednesday.

Reprocessing Medical Devices in Health Care Settings

This guidance provides recommendations for the formulation and scientific validation of reprocessing instructions for reusable1 medical devices. This guidance document also provides recommendations for the content and review of premarket notification submissions [510(k)], premarket approval (PMA) applications, humanitarian device exemption (HDE) applications, de novo requests and investigational device exemption (IDE) applications, concerning the labeling instructions for reprocessing reusable medical devices.

Seattle Times: Navy vet’s death blamed on contaminated medical scopes

From The Seattle Times: A retired Navy chief petty officer treated at the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital may have been the victim of a deadly infection tied to dirty medical scopes — and to scope-washing machines ordered recalled last week by U.S. regulators because of increased risk to patients. That’s according to an amended lawsuit [...]

American Society for Microbiology: Transmission of Infection by Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy

Most contemporary flexible endoscopes cannot be heat sterilized and are designed with multiple channels, which are difficult to clean and disinfect.

Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbug’ an Emerging Threat

A relatively new antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE is making inroads in some major American cities, U.S. health officials report.

Contaminated Duodenoscopes: The Story of a Chance and Distressing Finding

It started with a chance discovery, a lucky break that revealed an unlucky situation.

Unsedated transnasal endoscopy effective, lower-cost for monitoring pediatric EoE

Unsedated transnasal endoscopy was shown to be a safe, well-tolerated and lower-cost alternative to esophagogastroduodenoscopy for evaluating pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis, according to recent study data.