Are You Eligible for a Duodenoscope Lawsuit?
As news continues to break about the spreading of superbug infections, many people want to know if they are eligible for a duodenoscope lawsuit. Anyone who has undergone a medical procedure performed with a duodenoscope and was subsequently diagnosed with an infection should file a free case review to determine their best course of legal action.
What is a Duodenoscope?
Duodenoscopes are flexible tubes that are used in ERCPs and certain other medical procedures. The tubes, which have many small parts, are threaded through the mouth, throat, and stomach into the top of the small intestine where it can treat and/or diagnose problems in the pancreas and bile ducts.
What are the Risks of Duodenoscopes?
When the small crevices in the scope are not cleaned and disinfected properly, tissue or fluid from inside the body can remain on the scope until it is used in another patient, where it can be transported to that other patient, possibly causing serious infections. There are several different infections that can be caused by contaminated duodenescopes, including superbugs, or dangerous bacteria that is often resistant to many antibiotics.
One common superbug in complaints over duodenoscopes is carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, a family of germs that are highly resistant to antibiotics. Infections that contain these bacteria are extremely difficult, or in some cases, impossible to treat. The Center for Disease Control cites the results of one study that found CRE can contribute to death in up to half of the patients who become infected.
In 2015, the USA Today reported that seven patients in a Seattle hospital died after being diagnosed with infections related to contaminated duodenescopes, including five who were diagnosed with CRE. Although these deaths are not solely blamed on the antibiotic-resistant infections because the patients were also suffering from other ailments, the lid has been lifted on the potential for deadly bacteria to be found on scopes at numerous hospitals across the country.
Am I Eligible for a Duodenescope Lawsuit?
Anyone who has had a procedure in which a duodenoscope was used and subsequently got a superbug infection could be eligible for a duodenescope lawsuit. If you or someone you know has had this procedure performed and later contracted an infection, click here for a free case review. An experienced product liability attorney will review the details of your case and help determine your best course of legal action.