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FDA issues endoscope warning following superbug outbreak
Modern Healthcare

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a general warning to health providers regarding the use of medical endoscopes for complex endoscopic procedures such as the one that led to seven people becoming infected with a superbug bacteria at a Los Angeles hospital. Two of those patients died. The complex design of endoscopes used in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, also known as duodenoscopes, might impede the ability to effectively “clean, disinfect and sterilize reusable devices,” stated the warning, posted on the agency’s website Thursday.

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