Closed-channel duodenoscopes are used in more than 500,000 procedures each year, and are difficult to clean and disinfect. Scopes contaminated with deadly superbug bacteria have been reused time and again, infecting hundreds of patients across the country. Endoscopy infections have occured in hospitals nationwide.

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A duodenoscope probe held in a doctors hand, potentially contaminated with bacteria.

How Duodenoscopes Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Ashley Lombardo · November 2, 2016

Duodenoscopes, commonly reused medical devices, may become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A duodenoscope infection may be fatal.