Olympus issues 'urgent' steps for cleaning device linked to superbugs

March 26, 2015 6:47 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The largest manufacturer of medical devices at the center of recent superbug outbreaks in the U.S. issued an "urgent safety notification" to health providers on Thursday, detailing new procedures for disinfecting the equipment and urging them to adopt the procedures "as soon as possible."

Manufacturer Olympus Corp said in a 13-page letter and detailed instructions for cleaning the devices, called duodenoscopes, that a small-bristle brush required for the new cleaning procedures would be shipped "no later than May 8."

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