UCLA hospital: Contaminated medical scopes blamed for superbug spread which so far killed two; 180 potentially exposed


Hospital graded with a failing rating in 2012

By Shepard Ambellas

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) — UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center is now under fire as medical scopes contaminated with a deadly superbug bacteria are to blame for the deaths of two people, reports say.

Moreover almost 180 people may have been infected with CRE, a drug-resistant superbug strain which is incredibly resilient, having a kill rate of 40-50% once it enters the human bloodstream.

UCLA said it immediately notified public health authorities after discovering the bacteria in one patient and tracing the problem to two of these endoscopes. The university said it had been cleaning the scopes “according to standards stipulated by the manufacturer,” and it changed how it disinfects the instruments after the infections occurred.

Dale Tate, a university spokeswoman, said “the two scopes involved with the infection were immediately removed and UCLA is now utilizing a decontamination process that goes above and beyond the manufacturer and national standards.”

Tate declined to provide details on the two people who died, citing patient confidentiality., reports the LA Times.

This is not the first time the hospital has suffered with the safety of its patients as it received a failing grade by a third-party healthcare quality group in 2012, later improving its score to just a “C”.

Welcome to America’s healthcare system.

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