Olympus introduces revised cleaning steps for medical scopes

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 31, 2015

Olympus Corp., the largest supplier of medical scopes linked to recent superbug outbreaks, issued urgent updates Thursday on how the devices should be cleaned.

In a 13-page letter to hospitals, Olympus provided detailed instructions on how to clean the devices and urged hospitals to implement the new procedures immediately.

Additionally, Olympus will ship smaller bristle cleaning brushes for the scopes to hospitals no later than May 8.

Approximately 200 people were exposed to Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) from contaminated scopes at two Los Angeles based hospitals, including nine who were infected and two who died.

For further details and the FDA reaction to the updated instructions, visit http://www.fda.gov.