Superbug Scopes Get Updated Cleaning Procedures

By Joe Messa

Mar 27
Duodenoscopes manufactured by Olympus Corporation (dubbed “superbug scopes”) have recently been blamed for the spread of an antibiotic resistant “superbug” called Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that killed two patients at the UCLA medical center in California. The scopes are used in exploratory endoscopic procedures and investigations have revealed that the scopes’ design, full of grooves and crevices, collects bodily fluids and allows bacteria to grow.

Scope cleaning procedures were questioned after the virus started appearing in cities across the United States and Olympus responded by updating cleaning protocols to halt the outbreak of CRE. The company is urging hospitals to implement the newest cleaning procedures “as soon as possible.”

Olympus’ new cleaning instructions, released on Thursday, March 26th, included a number of additional cleaning steps and require the use of a “small bristle cleaning brush.” The company said it would send the brushes to facilities by early May. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement calling the new cleaning procedures, “robust and [demonstrating] consistent and reliable cleaning and high-level disinfection.”

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Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More