Duodenoscopes – Warning

Scope Op

Concerns inflamed over dirty scopes
Superbug outbreaks linked to cleaning
Peter Eisler USA TODAY

If you are facing surgery to fix a blockage of your bile and pancreatic ducts be sure to show this article to your doctor.

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The contaminated medical scopes linked since 2013 to a series of deadly superbug outbreaks in at least eight hospitals across the country all had been cleaned and disinfected using high-tech appliances cleared by the government to kill the bacteria behind such infections.

The outbreaks in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and other cities have infected scores of patients with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, mostly a strain called CRE that has nightmarish mortality rates of 40% or more. And in each case, the hospital relied on an automated endoscope reprocessor, or AER, to disinfect the scopes between uses, an ongoing USA TODAY investigation finds.

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