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Notice to Readers: Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infections Associated with Defective Bronchoscopes

Investigators at Johns Hopkins University have notified CDC of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections and colonizations that may be associated with defective bronchoscopes. The source of bacteria is believed to be a loose port, which might act as a reservoir for Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections.

On November 30, 2001, Olympus issued a voluntary recall of defective Olympus bronchoscopes with a loose port. The recall involved the following models: BF-40, BF-P40, BF-1T40, BF-3C40, BF-XP40, BF-XT40, BF-240, BF-P240, BF-1T240, BF-6C240, BF-160, BF-P160, BF-1T160, BF-3C160, and BF-XT160.

Additional information is available from Olympus, telephone (800) 848-9024, and from the Food and Drug Administration, telephone (800) 638-2041.



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