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Hartford Hospital Says Patients Might Have Been Exposed To E

Hartford Hospital Says Patients Might Have Been Exposed To E. Coli

E. Coli Oleg Popov / ASSOCIATED PRESS

A laboratory technician counts isolated Escherichia coli bacteria at the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency’s micro biological laboratory in Sofia, Bulgaria, Friday, June 10, 2011.

A laboratory technician counts isolated Escherichia coli bacteria at the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency’s micro biological laboratory in Sofia, Bulgaria, Friday, June 10, 2011. (Oleg Popov / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

By Josh Kovner contact the reporter

Hospitals and Clinics Hartford Hospital UCLA Medical System Food and Drug Administration Hartford Hospitals says e coli concerns raised over endoscopy.

HARTFORD Hartford Hospital said Wednesday that it has contacted 281 patients who might have been exposed to a strain of E. coli resistant to some drugs a version of the bacteria that differs from the “superbug” outbreak linked to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Rocco Orlando of Hartford Hospital said that two scopes used in the procedure involving the 281 patients were removed from service in December, before the California outbreak. They are the same devices used at the Los Angeles hospital.

Superbug outbreak extends to Cedars Sinai hospital, linked to scope Chad Terhune

In the latest superbug outbreak, Cedars Sinai Medical Center discovered that four patients were infected with deadly bacteria from a contaminated medical scope, and 67 other people may have been exposed.

In the latest superbug outbreak, Cedars Sinai Medical Center discovered that four patients were infected with deadly bacteria from a contaminated medical scope, and 67 other people may have been exposed. ( Chad Terhune )

There is a defect in this particular scope that makes it nearly impossible to be completely disinfected, Orlando said. The hospital is using a different type of scope that doesn’t have this design flaw. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Feb. 19 that the devices might be wholesale jerseys outlet difficult to clean properly.

Orlando, chief medical officer for Hartford HealthCare, said that the endoscopies at issue are specific procedures reserved for very ill patients, such as those with infections or cancer, and are not general endoscopies. The procedures occurred in the past several months.

“This is a very small subset of patients; this was not a routine endoscopy,” Orlando said at a news briefing.

The hospital said it does not believe that the 281 patients are at an additional risk for infection because of this recent finding. Cultures will be taken from these patients, Orlando said, cheap jerseys china adding that, unlike the California strain, this version can be treated with certain antibiotics.

“The good news for us is [this is] an organism that is sensitive to many antibiotics,” Orlando said.

In a written release, the hospital said that a “routine monitoring of cultures” of patients determined an “increase in Extended Spectrum Beta lactamase E. coli.”

Last year, infection control nurses saw an increase in the frequency of patients coming into the hospital who were infected with this strain of E. coli. Dr. Jack Ross and the infectious disease team at Hartford Hospital did an investigation, and found that the common theme among the five or six infected patients were these two scopes, which were also used on the 281 other patients. Hospital officials said the infected patients were successfully treated.

The medical device is the same one that officials at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said was used when seven patients were infected by a drug resistant “superbug” that might have contributed to two deaths.

“This version of E. coli is not the same organism you may have heard about in recent media reports,” Hartford Hospital said in a statement.

“We do not believe any of our patients are in danger, but because safety is one of our core values, we are reaching out to every patient who has undergone this procedure and may have come in contact with this version of E. coli,” the hospital’s statement said. “We have been proactive, calling patients this week to alert them, and asking them to come in for screening.”

Hospital officials said “the process for cleaning our endoscopes was followed,” but “due to the same design flaw we are seeing across the country, there is a section of the scope that is difficult to disinfect.”

William Gerrish, a spokesman for the Department of Public Health, said that Hartford Hospital had notified DPH about the potential exposure and that DPH was monitoring the situation. Edition Advertising Real Estate Autos Jobs Work Shop Classifieds Autos Auto Deals Find A Job List A Job Jobs Work Real Estate Place An Ad Local Business Ad Options Check Listings Obituaries Place An Obit Reminder Ads Sell Your Car Sell Your Home For Sale By Ow Pets Connecticut Breaking News Weather Traffic Politics Nation World Health Education Photos Video Data Desk Courant 250th Health Connect Brand Extra Public Notices Noticias Lottery CitylineOversightEye ContactThe ScoopCapitol WatchThe Day In PicturesMugs In The NewsGalleries Video Eye Contact Buy A Photo All Towns Submit News Town Heroes Reminder News Avon Berlin Bloomfield Bristol Canton East Hartford Enfield Farmington Glastonbury Hartford Manchester Middletown New Britain Newington Plainville Rocky Hill Simsbury Southington South Windsor wholesale jerseys Vernon West Hartford Wethersfield Windsor Breaking UConn Men Men Insider UConn Women Women Insider UConn Football FB Insider High Schools College UConn Huskies CT Sun NFL MLB NBA Hockey Wolf Pack Golf More Sports Stats Scores TV Schedule UConn MenUConn WomenUConn FootballJeff JacobsBreaking Autos Real Estate Smarter Living Success Find A Job Jobs Work Top Workplaces Local Business Local Ads The Haar ReportProperty LineInsurance CapitalThe Bottom LineWho’s Climbing CT’s Career Ladder?Main StreetBreaking Capitol Watch Education National Jon LenderOpinion Editorials Insight Letters Cartoons Op Ed Columnists Features Healthy Living Success Food Travel Travel Extra Parenting Home Garden Pets Obituaries Horoscopes Comics Games Crossword Deals Lottery Health Connect Brand Extra Too SheaSavvy ShopperJavaMommy MinuteThe Bottom LineDeal Of The DayArts/Theater CTNOW Food Drink Movies Music cheap jerseys Celebrity Television Travel Travel Extra Games JavaA La CarteBehind The CurtainSound CheckArt SmartThings To Do In ConnecticutTV ListingsNews Sports Photos Coupons Classifieds Place An Ad Cars Jobs Good Neighbor Speak Out Contact Us Advertisers Home Cover Stories Best Of Food Drink People Fashion Family Fun Features Healthy Living Home Living Travel Upfront Weddings Town Spotlight Where To Buy Subscribe Contact Us Home Cover Stories Best Of Food Drink People Fashion Family Fun Features Healthy Living Home Living Travel Upfront Weddings Town Spotlight Where to buy Subscribe Contact Us Site Map Tour The Site Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms: Update About Our Ads Advertising Subscribe Our Mission Courant 250 FAQ Digital Plus Place An Ad Ad Options Media Kit 435 Digital Local Business About Our Ads Buy A Home Sell Your Home Rentals For Sale By Ow Home Garden New Car Specia Used Car Speci Courant Store Local Ads Local Business Back Issues Keepsake Pages Buy A Photo Subscribe Gift Subscribe Membership Search Archive SaveNowCT Travel Deals Savvy ShopperArticles Connexes:

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