When lives are on the line, you’d think everyone would be on the ball. Doctors… hospitals… manufacturers… and the government that’s supposed to protect you.
But a device used in a common hospital procedure has been sickening and even KILLING Americans by spreading germs between patients like lice between Girl Scouts.
It’s called duodenoscope, and it’s what docs shove down your throat and into your intestine to hunt for signs of cancer, gallstones and other issues.
Last year, superbug infections were linked to the device ALL OVER THE COUNTRY — in Seattle…Chicago…Philadelphia….And in Los Angeles, some 200 patients were exposed to superbug germs — and two killed by them — because of dirty scopes.
Now, a damning new report from the U.S. Senate finds that’s just scratching the surface.
There were at least 25 major outbreaks linked to filthy, buggy duodenoscopes — but you didn’t hear about most of them because instead of working to save lives, everyone in the industry worked to cover it up.
Hospitals and Olympus, the company that makes most of the scopes, didn’t report the outbreaks to the FDA — which is required by law.
But the FDA can’t play dumb on this one… because the same report finds the agency ALREADY KNEW about the problem back in 2013 and didn’t do jack. They dragged their feet and twiddled their thumbs and didn’t bother to take action until after all those patients were sickened and killed.
Even now they haven’t gotten serious. They’re reached their typical gutless agreement, letting Olympus off the hook.
As it turns out, this piece of equipment is so complicated it’s almost impossible to clean. Instead of FORCING the device off the market — and instead of coming down hard on Olympus for not coming clean about its dirty scopes — the agency is letting them get away with a “voluntary recall.”
Supposedly, they’re going to fix the devices and make them easier to clean.
If your doc says you need the get scoped, shop around. Ask hospitals how they clean the things. You want EtO sterilization or hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, which are the two most effective techniques around.
Anything less, and you’re taking chances.