International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine - Volume 8, issue 1
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The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine is concerned with rendering the practice of medicine as safe as it can be; that involves promoting the highest possible quality of care, but also examining how those risks which are inevitable can be contained and managed.
This is not exclusively a drugs journal. Recently it was decided to include in the subtitle of the journal three items to better indicate the scope of the journal, i.e. patient safety, pharmacovigilance and liability and the Editorial Board was adjusted accordingly. For each of these sections an Associate Editor was invited. We especially want to emphasize patient safety. Our journal wants to publish high quality interdisciplinary papers related to patient safety, not the ones for domain specialists. For quite some time we have also been devoting some pages in every issue to what we simply call WHO news. This affinity with WHO underlines both the International character of the journal and the subject matter we want to cover. Basic research, reports of clinical experience and overviews will all be considered for publication, but since major reviews of the literature are often written at the invitation of the Editorial Board it is generally advisable to consult with the Editor in advance. Submission of news items will be appreciated, as will be the contribution of letters on topics which have been dealt with in the journal.
Abstract: The VigilanceTM ID System represents a new medical device accountability paradigm – one that recognizes the challenges that confront regulators, manufacturers, physicians and patients. The proposed transponder-based system casts aside the current sophistic assumptions that invoke static patient populations and notions of reliable and accessible device records held provincially. Instead, the syllogisms invoked by the VigilanceTM ID System are based on assumptions that people are mobile, surgeons retire or die, records are often inaccessible or misplaced or illegible. If the vision of harmonized global medical device accountability is to be realized, a proper paradigm such as…the proposed VigilanceTM ID System or one like it, along with goodwill and cooperation, will be required.