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Specialized Scopes and ERCP

There has been significant media coverage about a likely connection between specialized scopes and ERCP procedures and patients infected with drug-resistant bacteria. Virginia Mason discovered and addressed a potential connection between the scopes used in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures and patients infected with a drug-resistant bacteria in 2012 and 2013. The potential for these specialized scopes to harbor bacteria, even following appropriate cleaning, is experienced by hospitals around the world.

The following resources are available to help gain a better understanding of the issue.

Public Health Insider blog (Jan. 22): Q & A about Public Health’s investigation of an endoscope associated outbreak

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