U.S., surprised by Endoscopic super bacteria … Korea is no exception from...

U.S., surprised by Endoscopic super bacteria … Korea is no exception from prevention

Korean Pancreatobiliary Association warned to take action to prevent super bacteria infection through duodenoscopes “Thoroughly clean and disinfect using brush in accordance with guidelines”


On the 4th this month, the Korean Pancreatobiliary Association recommended action be taken to prevent the transmission of a drug-resistant superbug bacteria through duodenoscopes. Late last month, seven patients were infected and two died from a drug-resistant “superbug” at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center, and currently 179 other patients might have been exposed to the dangerous bacteria. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of infections by multidrug resistant organisms (also referred to as “super bacteria”) and suggested following the guidelines to prevent a recurrence to medical organizations and patients. An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) is a test to use an endoscope and X-ray pictures to check for a disease by introducing an endoscope into the duodenum to inject contrast media. The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) also warned about the risk of super bacteria infections through an ERCP and informed each institution and medical team of thorough cleaning of endoscopes suggested by the FDA.

Reporter Lee Seul [dew@newshankuk.com]