UCLA to test new scope cleaning machine in the wake of superbug outbreak: 5 things to know

UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles is planning to install a new scope cleaning machine from Langford IC Systems on a trial basis, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Here are five things to know.

1. The new scope cleaning system is being installed after experiencing an outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae related to duodenoscopes used to perform ERCPs at the medical center.

2. Langford IC Systems is a Tucson, Ariz.-based company. The system that will be used to clean scopes at UCLA Medical Center cleans medical devices with a two-way water flow without the use of connectors, according to the report.

3. The Langford IC Systems cleaning machine has never been used for scopes before, but following the outbreak the company reached out to UCLA and pitched the product, according to the report.

4. Raman Muthusamy, MD, director of endoscopy at the medical center, expects results from the test to be available within a few months. The Langford IC Systems is being used as an additional step in the existing scope decontamination process.

5. The Langford IC Systems cleaning machine does not require an upfront capital cost from hospitals; rather, the company charges $35 each time it is used, according to the report.

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