More life-threatening scope-related infections than previously thought

At least 250 people developed "superbug" infections in at least 25 outbreaks linked to duoendoscopes between 2012 and 2015.
At least 250 people developed "superbug" infections in at least 25 outbreaks linked to duoendoscopes between 2012 and 2015.

HealthDay News — More patients than previously estimated contracted life-threatening infections from contaminated medical scopes in recent years, according to a US Senate committee report released Wednesday.

According to the report, at least 250 people developed "superbug" infections in at least 25 outbreaks linked to duodenoscopes. The infections occurred in the United States and three other countries between 2012 and early 2015, the Associated Press reported.

Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said contaminated duodenoscopes were associated with 142 patient infections. The infections were caused by bacteria that remained on the scopes even after they were cleaned according to manufacturers' instructions, the AP reported.

A number of legislative and regulatory changes were recommended in the report from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. It said the FDA should assess whether the devices require design modifications and, if so, have companies make repairs through a phased recall. The committee also said Congress should mandate unique medical device identifiers in insurance claims, electronic health records, and device registries, the AP reported.

Reference

  1. Health Highlights: Jan. 14, 2016 [news]. Posted January 14, 2016. Accessed January 15, 2016.
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