Medical devices that are used in the home have become more sophisticated and complex ranging from hearing aids and nebulisers to more complex infusion pumps and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) units.
In vitro diagnostic medical devices such as blood glucose meters and INR self testing devices are also routinely used.
The benefits are wide-ranging; including improved quality of life and reduced cost of care.
The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) recognises the importance of safe, high quality medical devices that are capable of meeting patients’ needs in the home.
However, there are risks and challenges in ensuring that medical devices are both prescribed and used effectively and safely in this setting.
It is fundamental that good medical device management is adhered to in order to reduce the potential for harm associated with the use of medical devices in this environment.
Their latest safety notice is aimed at those responsible in hospital and community based organisations for providing, distributing, deployment, maintenance and repair of medical devices for use in the home setting.
Advice is also provided for carers and family members of medical device users in the home.