Suit Charges Negligence by Medical Device Manufacturer Pentax Medical and Chicago-Area Hospital Led to Patient Contracting Fatal Superbug Infection from Contaminated Medical Scope

Suit Charges Negligence by Medical Device Manufacturer Pentax Medical and Chicago-Area Hospital Led to Patient Contracting Fatal Superbug Infection from Contaminated Medical Scope

Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the adult children of Renate Winkler as administrators of her estate have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pentax Medical, a division of Pentax of America, Inc., and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, which is located in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois. Ms. Winkler died on December 7, 2013 from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, a bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics, following Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography or ERCP at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. For the procedure, the hospital used a duodenoscope manufactured and sold by Pentax Medical.

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