Despite proper cleaning, endoscopes may pass on E. coli

October 8, 2014 3:45 PM

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Despite proper cleaning, endoscopes may pass on E. coli

(HealthDay News) -- An E. coli outbreak at an Illinois hospital was caused by endoscopes that had bacterial contamination despite being disinfected in the recommended way, a new study says.

The outbreak occurred among patients who underwent procedures with duodenoscopes, which are specialized endoscopes used to diagnose and treat problems in the bile and pancreatic ducts. These are not the same type of endoscopes used for routine endoscopy of the upper digestive tract or for colonoscop...

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