Endoscopes are utilized by doctor to look into patients bodies to diagnose and treat certain conditions. Generally, the device is a long thin plastic tube with a light and camera attached to the end of it. Unfortunately, the use of endoscopes has been linked to a deadly infection known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), duodenoscopes, a type of endoscope used to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts, are designed in a way that may prevent full cleaning and disinfection.
If you or a loved one has contracted CRE and you believe it may be the result of the use of an endoscope, please contact one of our experienced Ohio product liability attorneys today.
ERCP Endoscopes May Spread Infections
Due to the design of certain endoscopes, they are difficult to disinfect properly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported this potential link between bacterial infections and patients who have undergone ERCP with reprocessed duodenoscopes. In 2015, there was a recall by the FDA of a device used to clean endoscopes called the Custom Ultrasonics AER due to numerous safety violations.
If you have been harmed due to an infection caused by an endoscope contact one of our experienced Ohio product liability and medical malpractice attorneys today by calling 440-248-8811 or filling out the free contact form on this page.
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