Last week, McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt attorneys filed the first lawsuit in Philadelphia for a patient with a life-threatening bacteria infection following a procedure where the doctors used an Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope. The treatment took place at Harborview in Seattle, Washington.
The sealed elevator wire channel in the specialized endoscope is believed to have resulted in CRE superbug infections in patients around the country. There have been announcements of infections linked to the device in Seattle, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Patients died in both Seattle and Los Angeles – the infections have a mortality rate as high as 50 percent due to their antibiotic resistance.
Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia had several patients diagnosed with CRE infections, and two deaths, following ERCP procedures with duodenoscopes. The hospital denied a link between the spread of the infection and its medical devices. We previously wrote about the Jefferson announcement here and then later commented on it.
The Law360 article covering the lawsuit is available at http://www.law360.com/articles/634196/olympus-america-hit-with-superbug-exposure-suit
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