May 19th, 2016
Most people today are familiar with barcodes. They can be found on almost any item you purchase from a retail store: gum, fruit, ice cream, shoes, clothing—the list is endless.
Barcodes are valuable because they provide a way to identify a product electronically. We can thank barcodes for getting us through the grocery checkout line faster, since they provide key information on store inventory, pricing and other details with just a swipe of a scanner.
When it comes to medical devices, using unique barcodes for identification is fairly new. Several years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized the potential risks of not being able to accurately identify each medical device out in the world because there are tens of thousands of versions and different models on the market today.
Let’s say you or someone you know has a knee or hip replacement. You want to be assured that the device the hospital ordered is the exact one prescribed for your procedure and captured in your medical records.
With the recent implementation of Unique Device Identification (UDI), you can be even more confident that the product you are receiving is the right one.