Precarious innovation of anti-infective coated devices

Journal The Lancet
Authors Sedrakyan, Art
Year Published 2014
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Surgeons focus on technical performance, teamwork, and communication to achieve the highest degree of safety. They will use new measures or devices that can potentially improve the safety and outcome of surgery, and often rely on sparse data from manufacturers to argue their case for the use of a new device in a hospital where costs might be of increasing concern. Heated debates are expected since recent studies have shown that most new devices do not have clinical or long-term safety data.1–3 One can no longer assume that new devices and equipment are superior products that have been carefully studied and selected. An increasing number of surgeons are becoming aware that incremental device innovations are based on scarce or no data and should not be adopted rapidly just because they are new