Friday 25 May, 2018

Audit launched after claims of mismatched hip implants at POSGH

An audit has been launched into all implants done at the Port of Spain General Hospital (POSGH) from January 2017 to date, with a timeline of one week for a preliminary report.

The Acting Health Minister made the revelation in the Upper House on Thursday, as she responded to an urgent question as to what measures will be taken to address the issue of mixing components from different manufacturers for orthopaedic surgeries.

This follows an article in the Trinidad Guardian on Wednesday in which it was reported that an orthopaedic surgeon at the Port of Spain General Hospital has rejected to performing hemiarthroplasty or hip replacement surgeries with mismatched implants.

According to the article, the unnamed surgeon said he learnt of the situation by accident when he was about to perform a hip replacement surgery in February.

The surgeon reportedly said that prior to surgery the representative of the company supplying the components contacted him to indicate there were minor deficiencies in the size of the two major components required to carry out the procedure.

The surgeon said he continued with the operation, however, upon a closer look he discovered the supplier did not supply the two major components from the same manufacturer.

He said such a practice could endanger the lives of patients.

Acting Health Minister Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn says an audit has since been launched and steps are being put in place to ensure international regulatory standards are met.

“An audit has been launched into all implants done at the Port of Spain General Hospital from January 2017 to date with a timeline of one week for a preliminary report this to ensure that correct devices were used in compliance with international regulatory standards."

"All companies who are direct suppliers to the Regional Health Authority have been requested to provide the list of companies that they received their orthopaedic supplies from and to provide the proof of verification that must meet international regulatory standards. Only pre-qualified companies meeting this requirement will be engaged,” the Minister said.

The Acting Health Minister added that checks will also be made at the hospital level.

She situation will be monitored to ensure that this does not reoccur.

 

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