An endoscope consists of both a light and a video camera attached to a long, thin plastic tube. Medical professionals use these devices to examine areas inside a patient’s body allowing them to diagnose and treat certain diseases and conditions.
Risk of Infection
In an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP) procedure, a physician uses a type of endoscope known as a duodenoscope to examine a patient’s pancreatic and bile ducts. Unfortunately, design flaws may prevent thorough disinfection and spread Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). This antibiotic-resistant infection can potentially prove deadly.
Endoscope Cleaning System Recalled
To sterilize a duodenoscope between uses, hospital personnel must follow a detailed, multistep process. Even then, certain endoscope designs may not allow for total disinfection. This means there is still a risk of transmitting a potentially life-threatening infection.
To make matters worse, as many as 2,800 Automated Endoscope Reprocessor (AER) devices manufactured by Custom Ultrasonics were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015.
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