Seven patients at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital have been infected with drug resistant bacteria that may be responsible for the death of two of the patients. A third patient is currently in dire condition as a result of the infection. Endoscopes used on the patients by hospital staff are suspected of being the conduit of the bacteria. Similar incidences in the past two to four years have been reported in hospitals across the nation.
“You can very easily do everything right and still have some contamination. We’re finding this is a problem, but it’s probably one that we don’t have a very good solution to right now,” said Dr. Deverick Anderson, an infectious-disease expert at Duke University.
The FDA put out a warning to doctors Thursday advising that scopes cleaned to manufacturers standards may still house bacteria. The federal agency is looking for ways to reduce infections from the complex medical equipment, but says that pulling the instrument altogether could harm patient whose lives may depend on the information the scopes can provide. The FDA has received 75 reports with 135 infected patients between December 2013 and January 2014. Endoscopes are used on more than half a million patients every year.
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