Something to be aware of before your next ERCP

I'm sure that many of you may have already seen this news story that came out today, but I thought it might be helpful to post the link here on our forum. It's something we should all be aware of and inquire with our doctor who performs our ERCP's and other endoscopic procedures.

UCLA said infections may have been transmitted through specialized endoscopes used during the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic and bile-duct problems.

I thought you might be interested in this article 2 deaths possibly linked to 'superbug' at UCLA hospital after 7 infected, 179 exposed ." width="150"/>

UCLA reported Wednesday that nearly 180 patients were exposed to a potentially deadly "superbug" on contaminated medical instruments that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths.

I emailed my hepatologist Stephen and he said that they had had no cases at Duke but that they were reevaluating all their sanitizing methods and procedures to make sure it stays that way. I'm glad they are responding and I hope other providers and hospitals will do likewise.