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Medical device recalls rise 31% in Q2

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Maia Anderson – Thursday, August 27th, 2020 
Source: Beckers Hospital Review
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The number of medical device recalls has increased 31.2 percent in the second quarter of 2020, according to Stericycle’s Q2 recall index

The total number of recalls in the second quarter was 341, surpassing 300 for the first time in two years. While the average recall size was lower than the first quarter, the number of recalls  puts the medical device industry on track for 1,200 recalls by the end of the year, which would be an annual increase of 35 percent over 2019. 

The number also doesn’t include unofficial recalls of face masks and other personal protective equipment handled at the state level. 

For the first time in 16 consecutive quarters, safety issues accounted for 48 recalls, or 14.1 percent, of all the recalls in the second quarter, overtaking software issues. But cyberattacks targeting health systems, hospitals and healthcare organizations are still on the rise, and connected medical devices are vulnerable, according to the report. 

Sterilization issues affected the most units, accounting for 62.9 percent of recalled units. 

Out of all of the recalls, 83.3 percent affected products that were distributed nationwide, and 48.4 percent affected products distributed internationally. 

Find the full report here

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