Virginia Mason sues scope manufacturer with widow of infection victim

Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle is joining the widow of an infection victim in a lawsuit against medical scope manufacturer Olympus America, according to The Seattle Times. Scopes from the manufacturer were linked to infections in nearly 40 people around Seattle, as well as numerous others across the country. Theresa Bigler of Woodway, Wash., whose husband died in August 2013 after contracting an infection at the hospital, originally filed a wrongful death suit in March against both Olympus and Virginia Mason. After meeting with the hospital, she agreed to work with Virginia Mason to hold Olympus accountable for Mr. Bigler’s death and to make sure the scopes hospital officials call “badly designed and poorly regulated” are corrected.