Hip Replacement Packaging Blunder

A blunder in the packaging of the components used in hip replacement surgery has led to patients undergoing revision surgery.

The components, manufactured by Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics Ltd, are used in the resurfacing of hip joints.  An error by the company who package the components has led to some being labelled with the wrong size.  As a result, some patients have had to undergo revision surgery to exchange their components for the correct size.

It is believed that 185 components were involved, and 83 of those were distributed within the UK.  The Medicines and Healthcare Reculatory Authority, the government watchdog who are responsible for the safety of medical devices, has issued an alert to UK healthcare professionals, asking them to quarantine any affected device and to recall patients who might have recevied one of the affected devices.

If you have been affected by this or a similar problem, we may be able to help.  Telephone 0800 321 3112 to speak to one of our nurse advisors.

Posted 17th August 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised