CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON NEW SCOPE CLEANING PROTOCOLS FROM OLYMPUS CORP.

March 27, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2015
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | jack.dannibale@mail.house.gov | 202-330-1613

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the new duodenoscope sanitation protocols announced this morning by the Olympus Corporation of the Americas. The scopes, which are manufactured by Olympus, have been linked to recent outbreaks of antibiotic resistant superbugs at hospitals, including UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles County.

“There is welcome news today in the fight to prevent superbug outbreaks.  I commend the Olympus Corporation for issuing new disinfecting protocols and cleaning equipment for their duodenoscopes.  This is certainly a step forward in a concerted mission that I believe Olympus, hospitals, federal agencies, policymakers and communities from coast to coast share: preventing superbug outbreaks resulting from crucial medical procedures involving scopes.  I look forward to working with Olympus and other stakeholders going forward as we work to forge more solutions on this urgent public health issue.”

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