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FDA Expands Warnings About Contaminated Medical Scopes

New safety alert warns that bronchoscopes may transmit infections even when cleaned properly.
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The Food and Drug Administration warned doctors that bronchoscopes may transmit infections among patients when inadequately cleaned, the latest alert by the regulator about the risk of reusable medical scopes.

The agency recorded 109 reports of infections or contamination related to bronchoscopes in the past five years, including 50 in 2014 alone, according to its safety notice. "A small number" of the incidents showed that the devices remained contaminated even when manufacturers’ cleaning instructions were followed, the agency said.