Lieu Seeks Information From Endoscope Maker on Plans To Improve Safety of the Devices Following Superbug Outbreak
On Monday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Olympus Corporation questioning how the company plans to make its medical endoscopes safer. Olympus produced the endoscopes that were linked to an outbreak of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center last month. In the letter, Lieu asks Olympus to consider donating the devices to hospitals "until the design or cleaning problems have been resolved." Olympus officials said they are reviewing the letter.
- "Rep. Ted Lieu Questions Maker of Scopes Tied to 'Superbug' Issues" (Perrone, "KPCC News," AP/KPCC, 3/24).