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  1. News Article
    Sajid Javid has said medical device manufacturers should check their products work well for people of all ethnic backgrounds, citing problems that those with dark skin have experienced when using pulse oximeters. Several studies have found oximeters are not as good at identifying hypoxia in people with darker skin. The devices have been widely used during the covid pandemic to monitor people at risk of deteriorating at home. They are meant to trigger a response when needed. Official guidance was updated this summer to encourage caution in their use. The health and social care secret
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    From hearing aids and walking sticks, to insulin pumps and thermometers, for many of us, medical devices are an essential part of our everyday lives. We all want to know that the devices we use are safe and effective, so regulation of medical devices really matters, especially where fast-developing technology has changed, and continues to influence, the landscape for medical devices, bringing new, innovative devices to the UK market, including some health apps. The MHRA is the regulator for medical devices used in the UK. They are seeking views from across the medical devices and healthca
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    This study from McFadden et al. examined the long-term complications in women with SUI and/or POP, with and without surgical mesh implants. They found that mesh surgery was associated with poor mental and sexual health outcomes, alongside increased opioid and antibiotic use, in women with no history of these outcomes and improved mental health, and lower opioid use, in women with a previous history of these outcomes. Careful consideration of the benefits and risk of mesh surgery for women with SUI or POP on an individual basis is required. Note: This article is a preprint and has not
  4. Content Article
    A year on from the publication of First Do No Harm, the report by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review, the Government released its full response to the Review's recommendations.[1] [2] Published alongside this was the report from the independent Patient Reference Group, established to provide advice, challenge and scrutiny to the work developing the Government’s response.[3] The IMMDS Review examined the response of the healthcare system in England to the harmful side effects of three medical interventions: Hormone pregnancy tests, Sodium valproate and Pelv
  5. Content Article
    The IMMDS Review examined how the healthcare system in England responded to reports about harmful side effects of medicines and medical devices, focusing on three specific interventions: Hormone pregnancy tests, Sodium valproate and Pelvic mesh implants. Its findings and recommendations were published in the First Do No Harm report on 8 July 2020. Summary of the government response to each of the recommendations Recommendation 1: The government should immediately issue a fulsome apology on behalf of the healthcare system to the families affected by Primodos, sodium valproate and
  6. Content Article
    The IMMDS Review examined how the healthcare system in England responded to reports about harmful side effects of medicines and medical devices, focusing on three specific interventions: Hormone pregnancy tests, Sodium valproate and Pelvic mesh implants. Its findings and recommendations were published in the First Do No Harm report on 8 July 2020. The Department of Health and Social Care established a Patient Reference Group to provide advice, challenge and scrutiny to work to develop the government response to the First Do No Harm report. Its independent end-of-project report sets out th
  7. News Article
    Spire Health Care in Bristol and the Mercy Hospital in Missouri have been awarded contacts by the Scottish government to perform surgical mesh removal for Scottish women, with costs for travel and surgery covered by the hospitals, the BBC reports. Each procedure has been estimated to cost between £16,000 and £23,000, with contracts to remove the mesh outside of Scotland expected to start later in the summer. Marian Kenny, 62, from Glasgow has said, "It has given me and lots of other women hope - and that's not something I've had in my life for quite some time." Read full story.
  8. News Article
    A year on from the vaginal mesh scandal and ministers have failed to take action. The new health secretary Sajid Javid has been called on to intervene by families, lawyers and campaigners and has been asked to implement recommendations made by the Cumberlege Inquiry. Emma Hardy, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Surgical Mesh Implants has said “Women deserve better than the government’s refusal to implement the Baroness Cumberlege recommendations. The recommendations will not only make life better for those living with mesh complications, but they will also improve patient sa
  9. Content Article
    The debate centred on a motion put forward by Emma Hardy, MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, which read as follows: That this House notes the publication of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, First Do No Harm; further notes the Government’s failure to respond to the recommendations of that review in full; notes the significant discrepancy between the incidence of complication following mesh surgery in the Hospital Episode Statistics and the British Society of Urogynaecology databases, as highlighted in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  10. News Article
    A call for action on the one-year anniversary since the Cumberlege report was published will be happening in Parliament today and is being led by MP Emma Hardy and Shadow Health Minister Alex Norris. Emma Hardy, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (AAPG) has said “Women deserve better than the Government’s refusal to implement the Baroness Cumberlege recommendations. The recommendations will not only make life better for those living with mesh complications, they will also improve patient safety for everyone in the future.” Read full story. Source: Medical Plastics News,
  11. News Article
    Baroness Julia Cumberlege has said she is angry and frustrated at the lack of progress being made after she led a critical review into how the health service treats female patients. During her review, she spent 2 years speaking to 700 women and their families who experienced complications linked to two drug treatments and a medical device. The four UK governments are still considering her recommendations and say they will respond fully later this year. Read full story. Source: BBC News, 08 July 2021
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    Naga Munchetty speaks out about her experience having the IUD fitted after reading an article on another woman's experience and how painful it had been. She describes her experience having a coil fitting left her feeling "violated, weak and angry". Read full story. Source: BBC News, 21 June 2021
  13. Content Article
    This research presents a number of factors contributing to poor reporting in healthcare as well as suggestions for system improvement drawn from the car industry. Amongst these, an increase in specificity of reporting method, need for long term data and recognition of behavioural differences between different sources could lead to better reporting methods and potentially reduce existing levels of underreporting. It also considers that bringing device performance reporting outside the context of incidents only would lead to improved knowledge and learning for all stakeholders. Thus, a diff
  14. Content Article
    7,571 members responded to the survey (approximately 1.7% of RCN members). Results found: Exposure rates – 96% of members have a BBFE risk; 63% had SI in their career; 15% had SI and 21% had MCE in last year. Incidence of SI and MCE were 20.3 and 56.9/100 FTE respectively. Last SI – 29% before procedure; 26% during procedure; 21% during disposal; 11% improper disposal; 8% after device activation; 5% during device activation. 49% were with sterile needle. 97% encouraged bleeding, rinsed under running water; 35% were using a safer sharp. Reporting SI – 71% officially reported S
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