Posts in Risk Management
Achieving Excellence in Medical Device Benefit-Risk Assessments

Medical devices save lives, but they are not without risk. Whether it is a disposable soft contact lens used on a daily basis, or an intraocular lens surgically implanted to treat cataract, use of medical devices can potentially result in serious injury or even death. There are thousands of medical devices on the market, but there are also reports of millions of injuries and thousands of deaths associated with these devices in the last 10 years.

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The Real Goal of Medical Device Safety Surveillance

A defibrillator that locks-up after delivering the first shock causes delay in treatment which can result in serious injury or death. A needle-free closed system used to deliver chemotherapy drugs could release tiny plastic particles in a patient’s blood stream which can cause blockage. A pacemaker fails due to an unpredictable circuit error which can result in a life-threatening situation. These are just a few examples of Class 1 recalls recently announced by the FDA in a span of just a few weeks.

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