The mission of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) is to promote accountability, quality, safety, and responsibility in patient care. As the voice of patients, their goals are to eliminate medical errors and harm and to save more lives.
Hip and Knee Replacement
More and more people are getting hip and knee replacements to feel better, play longer. And if the hip or knee implant fails, it likely will require revision surgery, which is both painful and costly. Implants don’t come with a warranty. Consumers Union is calling on the top manufacturers of hip and knee implants to begin offering warranties for their products and take responsibility for the associated costs if they fail due to a product defective.
Consumers Union Documents
- Group sign on letter: UDIs in hospital claims Source: Consumers Union (Friday March 28, 2014)
Consumer and public health groups (including Consumers Union) express strong support for updated standards that will enable the capture and transmission of the FDA’s new unique device identifier (UDI) system in the claims transaction.
- Consumers Union Ad for USA Today on hip and knee warranties Source: Consumers Union (Monday March 10, 2014)
Consumers Union ad for USA Today on our campaign to get manufacturer warranties for hip and knee implants.
- Background: Warranties for Hip and Knee Implants Source: Consumers Union (Wednesday February 26, 2014)
Background paper on Consumers Union’s call to medical device makers to provide a warranty for hip and knee replacements
- Answers to Your Questions about Warranties for Hip and Knee Replacements Source: Consumers Union (Wednesday February 26, 2014)
Answers and recommendations for hip and knee implant warranties
- What To Ask Your Surgeon Before Getting Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery Source: Consumers Union (Thursday February 6, 2014)
13 Things to Ask Your Surgeon Before Getting Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery (by Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project)
Consumers Union News Releases
- Consumers Union Takes Push for Hip and Knee Implant Warranties To Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference in New Orleans
Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, is taking its campaign to convince medical device companies to provide warranties for hip and knee implants directly to the doctors who perform hundreds of thousands of these operations each year. The campaign has launched an ad campaign and will be conducting outreach activities this week during the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference in New Orleans.
- Consumers Union calls on medical device makers to provide warranties for hip & knee implants
Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, is calling on the top manufacturers of hip and knee implants to provide warranties that would entitle patients to have defective devices replaced at no cost.
- Johnson & Johnson Settlement Resolves Metal Hip Lawsuits But Weak Oversight Of Medical Device Industry Leaves Patients Vulnerable
Consumers Union Calls for Stricter Safety Testing & Warranties for Implants.
- Consumers Union To Hold “Ending Medical Harm” Conference at Columbia University On November 6th
CONSUMERS UNION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Contact: Michael McCauley, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-902-9537 (cell) or Ross Moonie, email@example.com or 917-690-5713 or Joe Duraes, firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-293-0100 Consumers Union To Hold “Ending Medical Harm” Conference at Columbia University On November 6 Conference To Focus on Tackling The 3rd Leading Cause of Death Continue Reading
- Consumers Union Urges FDA To Require Safety Testing of Metal on Metal Hips and Other High Risk Implants
Consumers Union urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today to adopt a proposed rule requiring metal hip implants to be reviewed through the agency’s premarket approval (PMA) process to prove that the devices are safe and effective.
- Q & A for Surgeons on Warranties for Hip and Knee Replacements
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project will be talking to surgeons attending the AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans and hope to get their feedback on our warranty campaign. Here’s our answers to frequently asked questions on our campaign for hip and knee warranties.
- Docs for Hip and Knee Warranties?
We’ve started asking orthopedic surgeons who implant hip and knee devices what they think about our warranty idea. Next month, we’re going to New Orleans to talk with surgeons attending an annual orthopedic surgeons meeting.
- [Guest post] Does Your Joint Replacement Have a Warranty? By Brian Hatten, M.D.
Dr. Brian Hatten, an orthopedic surgeon, shares his perspective on warranties for hip and knee implants.
- Go Team! Advocates Deliver Patient Safety Message in Washington State
Last week, the Safe Patient Project traveled to Washington State to team up with Washington Advocates for Patient Safety to give a voice to the health care crisis of preventable medical harm
- NPR features CU’s Safe Patient Project and story sharer harmed by hip implant
Our Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, was on NPR’s Morning Edition yesterday about a story on the Johnson and Johnson metal hip settlement.
- Medical devices for kids are often only tested on adults Source: Reuters (Monday April 14, 2014)
“Most medical devices that have been recently approved for use in pediatrics weren’t actually tested on kids first, according to a new study.”
- Campaigners renew calls for end to mesh implant operations after US court says device is defective Source: Daily Record (Sunday April 13, 2014)
The Daily Record covers a mesh case in TX court that could impact other mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for its pelvic mesh implants.
- Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack Source: MedCity News (Monday April 14, 2014)
Med City News reports on a new social media campaign aimed directly at Johnson & Johnson to bring awareness to harm caused by the company’s pelvic mesh implants.
- Top 10 Myths Woman are Told Today about Pelvic Mesh Source: Mesh News Desk (Tuesday April 8, 2014)
Mesh News Desk shares things women are told if they are experiencing prolapse or incontinence today… the stories have not changed much.
- Activists Take Fight to Obtain Hip, Knee Product Warranties to AAOS. Will They Succeed? Source: MDDI (Wednesday March 12, 2014)
Orthopedic surgeon Howard Luks said that unless surgeons push the issue, device makers wouldn’t move to provide such warranties.
Research and Reports
- 2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals Source: ISMP (Thursday December 12, 2013)
Institute for Safe Medication Practices report on medication safety best practices for hospitals.
- Patient Safety America Newsletter (April 2013) Source: Patient Safety America (Sunday March 31, 2013)
Summary by John James: “Changes are long overdue in American healthcare as pointed out by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council in their new book “The US health Disadvantage Relative to Other High-income Countries.” My first newsletter article attempts to summarize this report. In the second article I discuss the risks associated with sleeping pills. The third article considers legislation that often has collateral damage. The fourth involves one doctor’s view of how he was led into care that was not patient centered. My next two articles deal with mental health: 1) As we age, we all fear the loss of mental capabilities, but a new study has linked mid-life fitness with a reduction in the risks of dementia. 2) Young people often do not have access to mental health facilities as pointed out by experts writing in the JAMA. The next articles deal with unintended death from pharmaceuticals and with loss of confidence in drug companies. The newsletter concludes with a short piece on the vanishingly small value of robotic surgery for those who might need a hysterectomy.”
- Patient Safety America Newsletter (March 2013) Source: Patient Safety America (Monday March 4, 2013)
John James, Ph.D., Patient Safety America: “This month I’ve tried to put some important things in perspective for you. Ben Goldacre’s book called “Bad Pharma,” which I reviewed, is a worth-while read. Gun violence is compared with “medical violence” as far as they affect our children’s lives. The cheap, effective medical care received in Cuba is summarized as a lesson for us, and then I pound on the dangers of drugs and the unstoppable overpricing of medical care in our country. Finally, you’ll learn what post-hospital syndrome is and how to manage it to remain out of the hospital.”
- FDA Safety Communication: Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Source: FDA (Thursday January 17, 2013)
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication on metal-on-metal hip implants which includes recommendations on imaging a patient with a metal-on-metal hip implant.
- NEJM Perspective: The 510(k) Ancestry of a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Source: New England Journal of Medicine (Thursday January 10, 2013)
Using FDA documents obtained from the agency’s database and Freedom of Information Office, authors traced the ancestry of the ASR XL back more than five decades, through a total of 95 different devices (including femoral stems), including 15 different femoral heads and sleeves and 52 different acetabular components (see figure, and the interactive graphic, available with the full text of this article at NEJM.org).