An endoscope is a medical device that is used to look inside a body cavity during surgery and various outpatient procedures. It gives the surgeon the ability to see areas of the body that previously could only be viewed after making would have required an incision. In the right hands, it can turn an invasive surgery into a relatively simple outpatient procedure. However, new evidence suggests that endoscopes carry with them a deadly risk.
Due to the complex construction of an endoscope, it is difficult to fully disinfect and sterilize the device following and/or preceding surgery, leading to potentially fatal infections in surgical patients. The FDA warns that industrial reprocessing machines used to clean and disinfect endoscopes before and after use may not be effective in eliminating harmful contaminates such as the superbug known as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these infections are difficult to treat and may be deadly in up to 50% of patients who become infected.
Recent medical publications have reported several cases of CRE infections after endoscopy procedures. In most cases, the medical staff followed the proper reprocessing procedures supplied by the manufacturer. The reprocessing machines themselves failed to fully disinfect and sterilize the device as designed, leading to the potentially deadly infections.
If you or a loved one suffered an infection after undergoing a medical endoscopic procedure or examination, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call Cory Watson Attorneys today for a free consultation.