Monday, February 15, 2016

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Superbug Outbreaks

On January 13, 2016, the results of an investigation launched by Senator Patty Murray were released, indicating that inadequately sterilized medical devices are to blame for outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant infections. The investigation sought to uncover the cause of a cluster of infections in Seattle, and ultimately found a link to improperly sterilized duodenoscopes—long flexible tubes with a camera at the end used to examine the intestines. Duodenoscopes have been linked to over 250 cases of antibiotic-resistant infections between 2012 and early 2015, several of which resulted in fatalities. These medical devices are difficult to clean and sterilize after being used on one patient and before being used on another. Although a dozen or more hospitals have had issues with unsterile duodenoscopes, they generally did not alert federal regulators to the problem. When a medical device manufacturer learns that one of its devices may have contributed to death or injury, they have 30 days

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