Surgical safety is a concern for all of us. Issues may arise as a result of human factors or problems concerned with surgical devices. The more people report, the better our database of important issues will be, from which the whole surgical community can learn.
If you have anything to report about issues to do with human factors, please click on this link which takes you to the CORESS website.
If you have anything to report about issues to do with surgical devices, please click on this link which takes you to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) website.
A recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme highlighted areas of great concern in this area. Dispatches - in a joint investigation with the BMJ - explored what is implanted into our bodies. Almost 40 million of us come into contact with a medical device every day. That includes everything from a basic sticking plaster to hi-tech coils implanted into the arteries leading to the heart. The medical device industry is worth over £200 billion a year. Dispatches investigated whether in the drive for innovation, patient safety can come second. The programme revealed that, although these medical devices save thousands of lives every day, there are questions from patients and doctors about the amount of testing that the products go through before they are put on general sale.We would recommend that our members watch a recording of the programme, which can be accessed through this link: