Multiple Outbreaks of a ‘Nightmarish Bacteria’ Linked to Contaminated Endoscopes in the U.S and Europe: Has a ‘Smoking Gun’ Been Found?

 A popular Sunday morning television news show aired a segment on January 15, 2014, that provided helpful advice about a concerning outbreak of “nightmare bacteria” that had been linked just weeks earlier to a medical procedure performed on more than...

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Recommendations for the Safe and Effective Use of Ortho-phthalaldehyde

This is the third of three articles by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, discusses the evolution of the labeling of a medical device – namely, of the “Instructions for Use” of the disinfectant “Cidex OPA” (which is used to high-level disinfection...

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Ortho-phthalaldehyde: A Tale of Three Labels

By: Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD (posted: 5-6-2013; revised 12-23-2014) This article discusses the evolution of the labeling of a medical device — namely, of the “Instructions for Use” of Cidex OPA, which is used to high-level disinfection semi-critical devices, including...

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