Superbug (CRE) Infection – Olympus TJF-Q180V Duodenoscope
A new antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria has recently shown its resistant capability. The Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA in Los Angeles, reported that between October 2014 and January 2015, two patients were infected by CRE, or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), and died.
A second outbreak was reported within two months at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in March 2015, and a third outbreak was reported by Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA. In this outbreak, 32 patients were exposed from 2012 to 2014. Of those exposed, 11 have died.
This deadly infection seems associated with use of a particular medical device known as a duodenoscope. Specifically, the Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope has been associated with several cases of this new bug nationwide.