In a follow-up to the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) outbreak linked to endoscopes at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which infected at least seven patients and was a contributing factor in the death of two patients, the hospital released the following statement Friday concerning patient safety:

We want to assure you that it is safe to receive care at UCLA.

  • Only patients who underwent this particular procedure during that time frame are affected. No patients today at UCLA, including those undergoing endoscopic procedures, operative procedures, or clinic visits are at risk from this “super-bug” outbreak.
  • UCLA Health has instituted stricter sterilization procedures for the particular scopes that were used, so that we now have one of the most stringent scope protocols in the United States.
  • Visitors, volunteers and employees are not at risk.

Related: UCLA outbreak update: CRE ‘contributing factor’ in the death of two patients 

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CRE infographic/CDC
CRE infographic/CDC