According to a new study published by the American Journal of Infection Control, it was found that many medical scopes used to detect infection and treat medical issues still harbored bacteria and other remaining fluids and tissue despite thorough cleaning practices. The most prevalent reason for this is that the scopes, including colonoscopes, gastroscopes, and duodenoscopes showed defects like scratches and dents that caused the bacteria and other substances to remain in them. Even when current and thorough cleaning practices were employed, in many cases, the scopes appeared dirty and possibly contaminated. The FDA acknowledged the study and urges hospitals to dispose of any scopes known to contain damage. Although the seven-month study showed that cleaning the colonoscopes worked almost all the time, the duodenoscopes could not be cleaned effectively when slightly damaged and have been connected to at least 35 fatalities, which may come down to scope shape differences.
The scope examination did not detect the presence of the bacteria that causes drug-resistant “superbugs”, but there is still cause for concern. If doctors reuse damaged medical scopes to detect infections and treat medical issues in multiple patients, patients are exposed to potentially lethal bacteria, which leads to more medical problems that must be resolved.
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