No Endoscope Infections Reported at Cottage Hospital

Cottage Hospital administrators report no superbug infections linked to contamination from a recently approved endoscope used to examine bile ducts in the lower intestinal tract. Industry sterilization procedures have proved insufficient to disinfect the scopes, and two patients at the UCLA Medical Center have died as a result of antibiotic-resistant infection. As many as 179 were infected. Cottage said it has added an additional step to the sterilization process that exceeds the manufacturer’s suggestion.

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