FDA Updates Safety Alert For Scopes Linked To ‘Superbug’ Infections
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WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators issued an updated safety alert on Wednesday for endoscopes linked to drug-resistant “superbug” bacteria in California hospitals.
The Food and Drug Administration said it was not recommending that healthcare providers cancel procedures performed with a duodenoscope for patients who need them.
It did recommend that healthcare providers inform patients of the risks, including infection, and benefits associated with the procedure and report to the manufacturer and the FDA if they suspect problems with the equipment have led to patient infections.
The alert followed news on Wednesday that four patients at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles were infected with a drug-resistant bacteria during endoscopic procedures that may have exposed 64 others since August. —> Read More Here