On November 30th 2001, they Olympus medical device company initiated a voluntary recall of the Olympus Bronchoscope. This amid many reports of patients contracting illnesses after being treated with this device. In this article we will answer some of the most common and frequently asked questions regarding the Olympus Bronchoscope and offer advice to those who have been treated with this device and may have experienced illness, pain or suffering as a result of its use.
What is the Olympus Bronchoscope?
The Olympus Bronchoscope is a flexible tube with a small light and camera. It is used to navigate the airway and look at the lungs and respiratory system. It can help with the discovery, treatment and diagnosis of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and cancer.
Who should be concerned?
Anyone who has been treated recently with the Olympus Bronchoscope should be concerned. If you're not sure then contact your physician for a definite answer.
Why is the Olympus Bronchoscope defective?
The problem reported had to do with the biopsy ports coming loose. They are not designed to come off but were reported to loosen after several uses. Some reported they could be removed by simple twisting. The result of this was bacteria began to grow inside the Olympus Bronchoscope. This was then transferred to the patients, several of whom became ill.
What is being done about the Olympus Bronchoscope?
Olympus have already begun the recall process. They are also attempting to improve the biopsy ports by applying adhesive. They are also changing them over from plastic to stainless steel to reduce the spread of bacteria.
What can I do if I have been made ill by the Olympus Bronchoscope?
The first thing you need to do is contact your doctor and get your problem treated. You should also report your problem to the FDA's medwatch program. Once this is done you will want to seek legal advice.
Why should I seek legal advice?
Olympus are trying to rectify the situation through the recall and the modifications. However, you maybe entitled to monetary damages if you were made ill through the use of one of their products. Olympus does have a responsibility to ensure that their product is safe and will not pose a danger to the public. If you have experienced pain, suffering and or a loss of wages from missed wok then you maybe entitled to monetary compensation. You should seek advice from our attorneys is experienced in these matters. We can advise you on the merits of your case and the type of compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today.