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Virginia Mason’s ‘superbug’ fix could get used elsewhere
Seattle Times

Virginia Mason Medical Center’s new system to stop drug-resistant “superbugs” from being spread by contaminated medical scopes could soon be a model for other hospitals battling the potentially fatal infections nationwide.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say they’re developing a protocol that hospitals could use to detect bacterial contamination that may linger on devices known as duodenoscopes. They’re used in 500,000 procedures in the U.S. each year to treat problems with the pancreatic and biliary ducts.