Prevent deadly infections, F. D. A. Approval of the first of the’scope’


Following a series of deadly outbreaks in hospitals around the country, the food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first fully disposable version of the medical device implicated in the infection.

A reusable version of the device—a long, serpentine tube fiber optic camera at one end, called a duodenoscope—is inserted into one patient after another the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pancreas and biliary tract, such as tumors and gallstones.

Duodenoscopes used in 700 000 medical course sequence each year. But tests showed that the device can not be properly purified between the program, because they can not be sterilized by the usual method.

After the outbreak caused by duodenoscopes exposure since the fda urged hospitals to use the model with the disposable portion, and called upon the manufacturer to produce a completely disposable model.

The new device, called the spirit of and by Boston Scientific, Design can only be used once before being discarded or recycled. The device should eliminate the”risk of potential infection is due to an invalid post-processing”of the arduous cleaning process, said Dr. Jeff Shuren, the Ethiopian Federal democratic A. Center for devices and Radiological Health.

Disposable duodenoscopy is designated a”breakthrough”device, indicating that it provided more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening conditions. Review in Ethiopia the Federal democratic A. Speed up to get the market as soon as possible.

Since 2012, contaminated duodenoscopes have been implicated in dozens of outbreaks of infectious diseases affecting hundreds of hospital patients in the United States and Europe. Many are infected with bacteria resistant powerful antibiotics.

More than 30 patients in Seattle has infectious bacteria following duodenoscope procedures between 2012 and 2014. Eleven people were killed. In 2015, two patients in Los Angeles Dead five the prevalence of contamination of duodenoscopes.

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The device is used to perform a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, the need for diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pancreas, bile ducts and gallbladder, such as life-threatening jaundice, cancer, blocked bile ducts and stones.

A long tube with camera tip is inserted through the patient’s mouth and stomach, and then into the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.

Many different reusable scope is used in medicine, but duodenoscopes—that there is a mechanism in the tip—is particularly difficult to clean up. Although they are the disinfection chemicals, they have a little corner of body fluids and bacteria may Lodge.

Cleaning, also referred to as re-processing, between patients involving nearly 100 steps, including hand-scrubbing equipment, and check it visually to check the biological debris clinging to the range.

Recent tests conducted by the manufacturer in Ethiopia the Federal democratic A. Request found, even in proper cleaning procedures after a in 20duodenoscopes retain disease-causing microorganisms such as E. coli.

Whether it is a new disposable duodenoscope will be widely adopted remains to be seen. The upgrade is expected to carry a price tag of about $ 3,000, the insurance coverage remains uncertain.

The health care system has got a complete inventory of durable, reusable duodenoscopes, which cost between $ 35,000 and $ 45,000. Some durable piece of equipment already has a disposable portion.

One-time mode will also have an environmental impact, and create a new stream of medical wastes if they cannot be recycled. A spokesman for Boston Scientific said that the company plans to offer a recycling program, and is”currently finalizing plans to have a medical waste recycling company, in order to facilitate this process.”

Art Butcher,Senior Vice President of Boston research company, said the new device will be a”unique solution to a complex problem.”

The six experts, they use disposable scope in a clinical trial of 60 patients to give it a satisfactory score. Ninety percent said the disposable range is as reusable range, 2%of people say that this is desirable. Eight percent of the people say that it is non-reusable range.

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