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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.

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