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evices in ractice a guide for professionals in health and social care Safeguarding public health
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© Crown copyright 2008 A fully revised edition of Devices in Practice, published 2001 and prepared by an Expert Working Group
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a guide for professionals in health and social care Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Devices in Practice:
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1 Introduction 3 2 What is a medical device? 4 Common types of medical device 3 Procuring medical devices 5 Checklist: Procuring medical devices The device Costs incurred Training requirements 4 Using medical devices safely 6 Checklist: Using devices safely Before use: assessment Before use: knowledge of device Ask yourself During use After use Checklist: Advising service users and carers 5 Record keeping 7 Checklist: Record keeping 6 Maintenance and repair 8 Checklist: Maintenance and repair 7 Training health and social 9 care professionals Checklist: Content of training programmes 8 The importance of reporting 10 concerns about devices and adverse incidents What is an adverse incident? Checklist: If an incident occurs, what should I do? Contents
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Medical devices play a crucial role in care and treatment. The number and variety of medical devices is vast and professionals handle a wide range of devices every day in their practice. As the Agency responsible for making sure that medical devices are safe and fit for purpose, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has prepared this booklet which provides a practical guide to medical devices for all health and social care professionals, and pharmacists working in acute, primary care, and social care sectors. This booklet is for: health and social care professionals working in all areas including acute care, primary care, community care (or care at home), care homes, care homes with nursing and private healthcare systems health and social care organisations as they develop policies and protocols for the use and management of medical devices pharmacists in acute, primary care and social care settings voluntary and charitable organisations who provide devices direct to individuals or health and social care organisations. It contains a series of practical checklists to help ensure informed procurement and the safe use of medical devices. Some individuals buy their own medical devices privately through pharmacies or other sources and, increasingly, on the Internet. In these circumstances it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the medical devices are appropriately used, maintained and ultimately disposed of. 3 1 Introduction Devices in Practice, MHRA, August 2008 Back to Contents
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The term ‘medical device’ covers a wide range of healthcare products other than medicines used every day in all healthcare settings.
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