The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) has launched a report on surgical instruments, highlighting their importance and calling for change.
ABHI has examined the range and quantity of surgical instruments in use at any time in the NHS, and deduced their value. However, they have identified a number of issues requiring attention to ensure these tools remain effective.
Quality, Safety and Value: The Role of Surgical Instruments recommends:
- “Investment in the replacement of aged surgical instrument inventory should be considered as a priority for NHS spending
- The procurement of surgical instruments should be based on overall quality and value, with the demonstration of strong ethical and resilient supply chains recognised and rewarded in purchasing decisions
- There should be a focused, sustained and appropriately accredited programme of education into the management and maintenance of surgical instruments. Such a programme could be delivered in conjunction with industry”
Read the full report through ABHI’s website.