In June 2012, an investigator hired by medical device company Olympus and a Netherlands hospital concluded in a report that the design of the company’s specialized endoscope called a duodenoscope could trap blood and tissue that was difficult to remove under standardized cleaning and disinfecting, allowing the device to spread bacteria from patient to patient. The independent expert recommended that Olympus conduct a worldwide investigation and recall all its duodenoscopes if outbreaks of patient infections should arise. At the time, Olympus executives were aware of three outbreaks of superbug infections in patients who had undergone procedures with its duodenoscopes – affecting about ... Read More
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