16 Huntington Hospital patients infected due to tainted duendoscope use from 2013 to 2015: 6 key notes

A Pasadena Public Health Department report found the drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria from duendoscopes infected 16 patients at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, from January 2013 to August 2015, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Here are six key notes:

1. Eleven of the 16 patients died. However, health officials said only one death certificate listed the bacteria spread by the duendoscopes as the cause.

2. Last year, the hospital confirmed the bacteria infected three patients. The hospital also informed Olympus, the scope maker, of at least three deaths in 2015.

3. The city department investigation found 16 total infection cases linked to procedures involving the Olympus duendoscope.

4. The city health officials found "visible residues in the machines used to clean the scopes," according to the L.A. Times.

5. The health officials found no additional cases of infection since starting their investigation last August.

6. The hospital has started notifying all patients treated with duendoscopes since January 2013 regarding potential infections.

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