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PENTAX ED-3490K Duodenoscope May Cause Infection if Not Adequately Cleaned

PENTAX has acknowledged a potential risk of infection associated with the design and manufacturing of the PENTAX ED-3490K duodenoscope, the FDA said today, January 17, 2017. According to the FDA, PENTAX has stated that silicone applied during manufacturing of ED-3490TK duodenoscopes can,…

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E. coli Linked to Olympus Duodenoscope Used at University of Colorado Hospital

An E. coli outbreak has been linked to an Olympus duodenoscope used at University of Colorado Hospital. According to the Denver Post, nine patients that had surgeries using an Olympus Medical System Corporation duodenoscope contracted E. coli infections. Three of…

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Recall of Endoscope Reprocessors Made by Custom Ultrasonics

Today, November 13, 2015, the FDA ordered Custom Ultrasonics to recall all of its automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs), about 2,800 in hospitals and outpatient clinics in the U.S. The FDA’s recall order applies to all Custom Ultrasonics AERs, including the…

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Duodenoscope Processing Procedures Outlined by FDA

Today, the FDA issued a Safety Communication regarding supplemental measures to enhance duodenoscope reprocessing (cleaning before reuse). These measures were approved after the FDA was informed of instances of persistent bacterial contamination after use of a duodenoscope, even following strict…

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ERCP Endoscope Infection Prevention Focus of FDA Guidance

Prompted by outbreaks of CRE infections from ERCP endoscopes, the FDA came out with a guidance on reprocessing of reusable medical devices. Recent outbreaks of Carbapenum-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections have been linked to specialized endoscopes used for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography…

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FDA Looks at Endoscope Reprocessor Role in CRE Outbreaks

If you, your spouse or your parent contracted a CRE infection after a procedure using an endoscope, you may have claims against the makers of the endoscope and the device used to clean it between uses. This means you may…

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CRE Super Bug Infections at Virginia Mason Medical Center

UPDATE: Automated Endoscope Reprocessors (AERs) May Have Contributed to Recent CRE Outbreaks. Duodenoscopes, a specific type of GI-endoscope, have been linked to recent super bug CRE outbreaks across the US, one of the most severe of which occurred at Seattle’s…

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CRE Infections at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

In 2013 and 2014, at least eight patients of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia contracted CRE infections after procedures using a specialized endoscope called a duodenoscope, used to examine the bile and pancreatic ducts. These CRE super bugs (Carbapenem-resistant…

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Olympus Duodenoscope Linked to UCLA CRE Infections

The Olympus duodenoscope (ERCP endoscope) , TJF-Q180V, has been linked to an outbreak of CRE infections at UCLA.  At least 7 patients were infected at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Two of the 7 died. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, also referred to…

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Video: ERCP Duodenoscopes and CRE Superbug Infections

Today’s video is an update on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscopes that have been linked to infections of the superbug CRE, or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (bacteria in the family Enterobacteriaceae that are highly resistant to Carbapenem antibiotics, including certain types of…

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Infections from ERCP Endoscope (Duodenoscope)

At least 4 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles contracted dangerous infections from a specialized endoscope called a duodenoscope. This was used in a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Patients had the procedures between August of 2014…

CRE Bacteria
CRE Infection from ERCP Endoscope

People undergoing a medical procedure known as ERCP may have been exposed to a deadly superbug called Carbapenum-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). This multidrug-resistant bacterium is highly transmissible in healthcare settings. There are currently few antibiotic options for treating CRE infections. Invasive…