- Recommendation ID
What is the most effective technological solution for minimising wrong implant selection during joint replacement surgery?
- Any explanatory notes
Why the committee made the recommendations
The committee's recommendations were based on their experience and expertise. They reasoned that 2 'stop moments', when theatre staff stop other activity and formally inspect each implant component, would ensure that all components are compatible. The second stop moment provides an extra opportunity to correct an implant selection error before closure. The committee agreed that intraoperative real-time data entry could be considered as a further means of ensuring that mismatched components are identified before implantation. They also agreed that technological solutions might help avoid implant selection errors and made a recommendation for research.
Intraoperative 'stop moments' to check implant components before implantation are common and are not expected to change current practice. Intraoperative real-time data entry is not current practice and, if implemented, is likely to increase theatre time.
Source guidance details
- Comes from guidance
- Joint replacement (primary): hip, knee and shoulder
- Date issued
- June 2020
|Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research?||No|
|Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?||No|