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.
- Scope processing and endoscope culture process
- Frequently Asked Questions About Specialized Scopes and ERCP
- Sen. Patty Murray Letter to Food and Drug Administration
Public Health Insider blog (Jan. 22): Q & A about Public Health’s investigation of an endoscope associated outbreak
Articles About Specialized Scopes and ERCP
- USA Today (March 18): Bacterial infections inflame concerns over duodenoscopes
- New York Times (Feb. 25): After deadly infections, FDA asks device makers about cleaning methods
- Becker’s Hospital Review (Feb. 25): How to safely reprocess scopes tied to infections: Experts weigh in
- New York Times editorial (Feb. 23): When Medical Devices Spread Superbugs
- Los Angeles Times article (Feb. 19): FDA knew of design flaw in scope linked to UCLA superbug
- Reuters article (Feb. 19): L.A. hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to 'superbug'
- USA Today article (Jan. 21): Deadly bacteria on medical scopes trigger infections