portal_normal EE STRUCTURE orgcat: /PUBLICATIONS/BN-BREAKINGNEWS/IRELAND/National

portal_normal PUBLICATION STRUCTURE cat: /publications/bn-breakingnews/ireland/national

portal_normal CATEGORY STRUCTURE category: /PUBLICATIONS/BN-BREAKINGNEWS/IRELAND/National

portal_normal STRUCTURE section: nationalnews

portal_normal getURLCurrent: /web/eveningecho/nationalnews/detailedstory?p_p_id=DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite&p_p_lifecycle=0&_DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite_arg_detailstory_uuid=6373d54b-8acb-4591-ae4b-4234a4cec7a2

portal_normal getPortalURL getURLCurrent: http://www.echolive.ie./web/eveningecho/nationalnews/detailedstory?p_p_id=DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite&p_p_lifecycle=0&_DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite_arg_detailstory_uuid=6373d54b-8acb-4591-ae4b-4234a4cec7a2

portal_normal getPortalURL: http://www.echolive.ie

portal_normal domain: http://www.echolive.ie

STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl - url: /nationalnews/Report-suggests-medical-devices-may-have-caused-eight-deaths-this-year-6373d54b-8acb-4591-ae4b-4234a4cec7a2-ds

STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl - section: nationalnews

STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl - orgcat: orgcat = /PUBLICATIONS/BN-BREAKINGNEWS/IRELAND/National

SOCIAL BOOKMARKS

Report suggests medical devices may have caused eight deaths this year

A new report suggests eight deaths that might have been caused by medical devices were reported in the first nine months of the year.

The Irish Times reports there has been a steadily growing number of adverse incidents, possibly linked to medical devices, being reported each year to the Health Products Regulation Authority (HPRA).

It says that from 2015 to the end of September this year there were 39 reports involving a patient death initially thought to be down to the medical device.

A spokeswoman for the HPRA, said investigations had taken place in 22 of the cases, and that “none of the incidents which involved a patient death were confirmed to be related to a device malfunction”.

The other 17 cases are still being investigated, eight of them were reported this year.

File photo.

The findings are part of a project - the Implant Files - organised by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

- Digital Desk