Endoscopes are used by doctors to screen patients for diseases or treat existing conditions. An endoscope is a small video camera that can enter a patient’s body. It is made up of a camera and a light, attached to a thin plastic tube. One type of endoscope has come into question for spreading an antibiotic-resistant infection linked to several deaths and dozens of serious infections.
Superbug Linked to Contaminated Endoscopes
Experts believe that the TJF-Q180V duodenoscope, one brand of endoscope manufactured by Olympus, is linked to dozens of cases of infections from a superbug. This particular endoscope went on the market in 2010, before it had gained official clearance from the FDA. A recent redesign made it difficult to clean, which seemingly led to the increase in infections.
The endoscope linked to the infections – a duodenoscope - is extremely difficult to clean, even when following all instructions. Because of this, outbreaks of the superbug have occurred at hospitals across the country between 2014 and 2015 from the contaminated equipment.
Even Olympus and other makers of duodenoscopes could not prove their scopes could be adequately cleaned, so in January 2016 Olympus issued a voluntary recall of thousands of their scopes.
Let Us Help You
The recall comes too late for the hundreds who have already suffered infections from the scopes and others who have died. The FDA has been accused of being slow to respond, however, if you or a loved on have suffered from contaminated endoscopes, there is help available from Roberts and Roberts.
If you have experienced a serious infection related to a contaminated endoscope, Roberts and Roberts can help by offering years of knowledge, experience, and athorough understanding of product recalls. Roberts and Roberts will help individuals understand what compensation they are due and how they can reach a resolution in the most efficient way possible due to the manufacturers negligence.