Duodenoscope Lawsuit Alert

Improperly Sterilized Duodenscopes Caused CRE “Superbug” Infections

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Recently there have been hundreds of confirmed cases of the microbial transmission of the superbug CRE (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae) from duodenoscopes. Even more infections are suspected as the device is used in over 500,000 procedures each year in U.S.

The CRE superbug is resistant to antibiotics and extremely dangerous. It is fatal in up to 50% of people who develop infections. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have both issued statements regarding the risk associated with Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Duodenoscopes.

 

Read the CDC Statement Regarding CRE Transmission

Read the FDA Safety Communication

 

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The Pulaski Law Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Duodenoscope injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a “superbug” or CRE infection, you should contact us urgently for a free case consultation. Call 1-800-BAD-DRUG to speak with someone immediately about your case. You may be able to file a Duodenoscope lawsuit and may be entitled to compensation.

What is a Duodenoscope? When Are They Used?

Duodenscopes are used in over 500,000 surgical procedures every year in the United States. A Duodenoscope is a type of endoscope that consists of a long, flexible tube about the diameter of a pen. They are equipped with tiny cameras and lights on the end are inserted in through the mouths of patients into the upper part of the intestines.

Duodenoscopes are commonly used in medical procedures called Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). The procedure uses fluoroscopic imaging to diagnose diseases involving the pancreas and bile ducts.

Why Are Duodenoscopes Dangerous?

Recently it has been confirmed that Duodenscopes are difficult to completely and effectively sterilize between uses. In the last five years there has been at least five major outbreaks of “superbug” infections have been linked to unsterilized duodenoscopes. The FDA published information that warns that the complex design in the tip of the scope may be extremely difficult to sterilize for subsequent use. With more and more antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” in existence, duodenoscopes pose a slight safety risk to patients when they are used in medical procedures.

Duodenoscope Lawyers

Contact the Duodenscope attorneys at The Pulaski Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your possible case. We are currently accepting Duodenoscope injury cases in all 50 states.

If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a “superbug” or CRE infection, you should contact us urgently for a free case consultation. Call 1-800-BAD-DRUG to speak with a Duodenscope attorney about your case. You may be entitled to compensation.

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