Issuing Guidance to Healthcare Professionals

The importance of reporting incidents with medical devices

Clinician on ScannerThere are more than 500,000 medical devices used in healthcare settings every day and they transform the lives of many millions of people every year. Mark Grumbridge of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, discusses the importance of reporting incidents.

The vast majority of medical devices used in healthcare settings perform well, but, occasionally things do go wrong. When they do it is important it is reported to us so we can investigate with our clinical and technical experts, as well as the manufacturer, and, where necessary, take action to prevent it from happening again. Within this, healthcare professionals play a vital role to make sure equipment is working reliably, safely and effectively in delivering vital, sometimes life-saving care to patients.

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