Fujifilm Medical Systems Endoscope Recall
Modern hospitals aren’t just hospitals. They’re mini-technology centers that hire entire departments to focus on tech maintenance. But even with dedicated tech teams, hospitals can become overwhelmed by product recalls, service updates, and security patch installations.
Crises happen when teams are understaffed or don’t catch problems until they’ve spiraled out of control. That was the case with the Fujifilm Medical Systems Endoscope, which infected patients with superbugs when they weren’t properly sterilized.
Medical devices fall into two categories: those for one-time use and those that are reusable after sterilization. The Fujifilm Medical Systems Endoscope falls into the second group.
When device manufacturers ship reusable devices, they include detailed instructions on how to clean and sterilize them. That was also the case for the Fujifilm endoscopes. However, there was a major issue with those endoscopes: even when medical workers followed the instructions, they couldn’t sterilize them properly. Hospitals only started to discover the problem when many patients became ill from a superbug spread through contaminated devices.
As experts looked into the high infection rate, they discovered Fujifilm wasn’t the only manufacturer at fault. Olympus America and Hoya Corporation were culpable as well.
Understanding Endoscopy Infections
So what causes this problem?
Even when the sterilization process is flawless, people make mistakes. If the person reprocessing the endoscopes doesn’t follow the disinfection and cleaning procedures exactly, the devices can become contaminated.
Flexible endoscopes are especially difficult to clean, due to how they’re designed, which increases the risk of contamination. Endoscopes that ship with a faulty sterilization process carry a significantly higher potential for infection.
Flexible endoscopes are especially difficult to clean, due to how they’re designed, which increases the risk of contamination.
Unfortunately, the results can be disastrous. Endoscopy infections are not mild illnesses; they’re debilitating and potentially life-threatening. Treatment for endoscopy infections typically requires hospitalization and long-term IV antibiotics treatments. Some endoscopy bugs are antibiotic-resistant, and if there’s a delay in diagnosis, they can cause a dangerous bloodstream infection, known as sepsis.
Do You Have an Endoscope Lawsuit?
Infections happen all the time in healthcare, even without negligence. However, if you got infected during your stay in the hospital, that doesn’t mean you should just accept the situation without asking questions. You have the right to know what happened and whether you can get compensation for the trouble you’ve been put through. If you’ve suffered an infection after an endoscopy, speak to a lawyer to find out if you have a case.
Because post-procedure infections are so common, patients often assume they simply drew the short straw in recovery. They figure the infection was no one’s fault and is part of the healing process. That may well be. But until you speak with a lawyer, you won’t know whether you have a medical malpractice suit or a product liability case.
The first thing Van Wey Law does when presented with a potential endoscopy lawsuit is request the patient’s medical file. Any time a doctor uses a device on a patient, they must record it. We use that information to determine whether the device falls under the endoscope recall. If it does, we then look into the hospital’s or surgery center’s sterilization procedures and work from there.
There are many steps to bringing a medical malpractice or product liability suit, and you’ll need an experienced legal team to help you secure the damages to which you’re entitled. If after seeking medical attention something still feels off about your pain, or your infection persists for an abnormal length of time, contact a seasoned legal team. The consultation costs nothing, and it could make all the difference to covering your ongoing medical needs. We are here to help and make sure you receive what you’re entitled to.