Cases & Investigations

Olympus Duodenoscope Lawsuit Investigation

PRODUCT: Olympus Duodenoscope
CASE STATUS: Under Investigation

The attorneys at Berger Montague are reviewing claims on behalf of patients who sustained infections after undergoing an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (“ERCP”), a procedure involving a device known as a duodenoscope. If you or a loved one suffered after exposure to a duodenoscope, call Berger Montague to speak to an attorney today, free of charge.

What is a duodenoscope?

Recent infections and deaths linked to a deadly “superbug” bacteria have been traced back to one particular device, a duodenoscope manufactured by Olympus Medical Systems. A duodenoscope is a flexible tube that is inserted down a patient’s throat and into the digestive tract during a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (“ERCP”). An ERCP is administered to diagnose and treat problems of the pancreas and bile ducts. Because duodenoscopes have many small and intricate parts, they can be difficult to clean and disinfect. Tissue or fluid from one patient can remain on the scope even after it is properly cleaned, resulting in patient-to-patient infection.

What is the problem?

Exposure to the Olympus duodenoscope has been linked to the transmission of a virulent, drug-resistant bacteria called carbapenem-resistent enterobacteriaceae (“CRE”). Transmission of the deadly bacteria arises from the fact that duodenoscopes are very difficult to clean, and in fact the FDA has warned: “Meticulously cleaning duodenoscopes prior to high-level disinfection should reduce the risk of transmitting infection, but may not entirely eliminate it.” This means that even when hospitals follow the manufacturer’s instructions for disinfecting the device, the scope can still transmit harmful bacteria from patient to patient. Lawsuits against the duodenoscope manufacturer blame it for changing the design of the device in 2014 without updating the cleaning protocol.

Do you have a claim?

If you or a loved one has sustained an infection after undergoing a procedure using a duodenoscope, do not hesitate to contact Berger Montague to speak with an attorney. Either call us at (215) 875-3015, or fill out the form on the right to have an attorney contact you.

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