Weeks ago, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan attorneys filed a lawsuit in Seattle for a patient, Lisa Miller, who died following a procedure where doctors used an Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. Today, an article appeared in Seattle Times that reports how Olympus issued warnings as far back as January 2013 to hospitals in Europe about the potential for infection when using the exact same scope.
The sealed elevator wire channel in the specialized endoscope is now linked to CRE superbug infections in patients around the country. Reports were made public regarding infections linked to the device in Seattle, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Patients died in both Seattle and Los Angeles – the infections have a mortality rate as high as 50 percent due to their antibiotic resistance.
To review your potential case related to a serious injury or death linked to an Olympus scope procedure, please contact us at 206.448.1777 and ask for Karen Koehler or Catherine Fleming.
For additional information, please read our previous blog posts and these Seattle Times articles: