Transmission of CRE bacteria via ERCP

Patient safety is a primary concern for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). As reported in recent years, transmission of CRE has occurred through an advanced, highly technical procedure called ERCP. ASGE physician members, gastrointestinal endoscopists, perform the vast majority of ERCPs across the country and throughout the world. ERCP is an important and potentially life-saving procedure, and one that should not be seriously constrained, lest patients lose access to its benefits.

As the leader in patient safety and quality in gastrointestinal endoscopy, ASGE has taken the lead in informing the GI community about this problem. ASGE convened a Duodenoscope Infection Control Summit in 2015 in Washington, DC, and defined a research agenda to study this critically important issue. We have been actively working with many stakeholder groups to solve this critically important issue, including the FDA, CDC, and others. ASGE will continue to monitor this issue and to keep our members informed of the latest knowledge and information available. 

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Important clarifications for accurate reporting:
- ERCP is NOT a "routine" or "common" endoscopic procedure. It is a highly advanced procedure.
- It is estimated that 500,000 ERCPs are performed annually. This number refers to procedures, not patients. Some patients need multiple ERCPs.




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