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Number of deadly medical-scope infections much higher than estimated
Modern Healthcare

A Senate committee is suggesting Congress require tweaks to health insurance claims as a way to improve tracking and monitoring of device safety and efficacy after a damning report found that the number of deadly infections associated with the use of contaminated medical scopes far exceeds previous estimates. The committee Wednesday said it found nearly twice as many cases as previously reported by regulators.As many as 250 patients who had acquired antibiotic-resistant infections in 25 separate incidents between 2012 and 2015 were linked to the same type of contaminated duodenoscopes, according to a minority staff report from the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee.“