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FDA Ignores 2009 Warnings: Superbugs Caused by Difficulty with Cleaning Medical Scopes

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FDA Ignores 2009 Warnings: Superbugs Caused by Difficulty with Cleaning Medical Scopes

By David Mittleman

In 2009, State and Federal health officials warned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to alert hospitals about the risks of contamination from specialized medical scopes. Such contamination is to blame for a recent series of deadly “superbug” outbreaks. A superbug is a drug resistant bacterial infection such as Carbapenem-Resistent Enterobacteriaceae, known as “CRE”.

2009 Florida Study and Warning

In 2009, a certain type of scope called a duodenoscope was linked to drug-resistant infections in Florida hospital patients. A duodenoscope is a certain type of fiber-optic scope used to examine the duodenum, or the first …read more

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