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FDA issues stepped up scope cleaning guidance to hospitals
Los Angeles Business Journal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued updated instructions to hospitals on how to clean reusable medical scopes to prevent the spread of superbugs. Earlier this year, an outbreak of the drug-resistant bacteria, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, CRE, at several U.S. hospitals, including UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai, were linked to reusable duodenoscopes used in endoscopic procedures. Nationwide, at least 13 patients who were infected with CRE from the procedures later died.