Olympus has initiated a voluntary field corrective action following reports of endobronchial combustion incidents involving bronchoscopes.
The field corrective action — announced Nov. 9 — is taking place after incidents occurred during medical procedures utilizing high-frequency therapy equipment in environments rich in oxygen, according to the company.
The warnings are separate from Olympus’ July field corrective action involving laser-compatible bronchoscopes tied to reports of endobronchial combustion, serious patient injury, and one death.
The new round of bronchoscope warnings came after Olympus received complaints about adverse events, some resulting in serious patient injuries. Endobronchial combustion could result in burns to the airway or lungs, necessitating additional medical intervention, prolonged procedures, extended hospital stays, intensive care, and in some cases, fatalities.
Health providers use the bronchoscope in endoscop…