Olympus Q180V Scope
Q180V Scope Linked to “Superbug” Outbreak
The UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center has announced that as many as 180 patients were exposed to the drug-resistant bacteria Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) following endoscopic procedures using Olympus’ Q180V reusable doudenoscope.
Further, evidence suggests Olympus may have failed to update sterilization protocols for the medical scopes following a recent redesign.
DETAILS OF THE CRE EXPOSURE EVENT
- UCLA estimates as many as 180 patients were exposed to CRE between October 2014 and January 2015.
- Seven cases of infection and two deaths have been confirmed.
- Medical experts warn the reusable duodenoscopes like the Q180V can be difficult to disinfect and must undergo a complex cleaning process between patients.
WHAT IS CRE?
- Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a antibiotic resistant bacteria that is most often observed in patients with compromised immune systems.
- Previous CRE outbreaks have been linked to ventilators, catheters, and reusable medical scopes.
- An outbreak that occurred in Seattle between 2012 and 2014 resulted in 32 infections and 11 deaths.
- The mortality rate for CRE infection is estimated to be as high as 50 percent.