Safety and Cost Considerations for Medical Device Decisions
Authors: Grimmond T, Bylund S, Fink R, Anglea C, Beeke L, Callahan A, Christiansen E, Flewelling K, McIntosh K, Richter K, Vitale M
Publication: Hospital Liability Alert, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
What is the article?
This article studies management decisions within hospitals to determine if decisions on products/devices have been as a result of considering safety or cost.
What did we learn?
Through analysing many jurisdiction cases in hospital administration, the following are suggestions for consideration:
- Hospital policies and procedures are closely followed when relating to medical devices and biomedical waste management
- Ensure common belief is that safety is more important than cost
- Decision makers consider published literature
- Seek input from employees who are directly affected
- Establish that the medical device under consderation complies with regulatory requirements and standards
- Be realistic about potential incurred costs from not selecting the preferred device
Obviously, the focus should always be on preventing the adverse event; even one adverse event can easily wipe out any savings realised from choosing a cheaper product."