Berger & Montague's attorneys are investigating claims on
behalf of those who have been injured by the Olympus
The attorneys at Berger & Montague are reviewing claims on
behalf of patients who sustained infections after undergoing an
endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a procedure
involving a device known as a duodenoscope. If you or a loved
one suffered after exposure to a duodenoscope, call Berger &
Montague to speak to an attorney today, free of charge.
What is a Duodenoscope?
Recent infections and deaths linked to a deadly "superbug"
bacteria have been traced back to one particular device, a
duodenoscope manufactured by Olympus Medical Systems. A
duodenoscope is a flexible tube that is inserted down a patient's
throat and into the digestive tract during a procedure called
endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). An
ERCP is administered to diagnose and treat problems of the pancreas
and bile ducts. Because duodenoscopes have many small and
intricate parts, they can be difficult to clean and
disinfect. Tissue or fluid from one patient can remain on the
scope even after it is properly cleaned, resulting in
What is the problem?
Exposure to the Olympus duodenoscope has been linked to
the transmission of a virulent, drug-resistant bacteria called
carbapenem-resistent enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Transmission
of the deadly bacteria arises from the fact that duodenoscopes are
very difficult to clean, and in fact the FDA has warned:
"Meticulously cleaning duodenoscopes prior to high-level
disinfection should reduce the risk of transmitting infection, but
may not entirely eliminate it." This means that even when
hospitals follow the manufacturer's instructions for disinfecting
the device, the scope can still transmit harmful bacteria from
patient to patient. Lawsuits against the duodenoscope
manufacturer blame it for changing the design of the device in 2014
without updating the cleaning protocol.
Do you have a claim?
If you or a loved one has sustained an infection after
undergoing a procedure using a duodenoscope, do not hesitate to
contact Berger & Montague to speak with an attorney.
Either call us at (215) 875-3015, or fill out the form on the right
to have an attorney contact you.