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About the Scan for Safety programme

Published on 16 November 2022

The NHS Scotland Scan for Safety programme is at the forefront of improving patient safety across Scotland.

There are around two million medical devices in in the UK with one in ten people having an implantable device. Scan for Safety improves the traceability of medical devices through point of care scanning and digital data capture.

National Services Scotland (NSS) will deliver this programme in partnership with Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. The programme provides a range of benefits across several key areas for patients, clinicians and health system administrators.

Benefits of Scan for Safety

  • Improving Patient Safety by electronically recording medical devices and tracing from point of manufacture, through the supply chain, to the patient.
  • Reducing risk or harm through fewer adverse incidents and enabling quick and accurate contact of affected patients in the event of recalls.
  • Enhancing Patient Care with improved patient outcomes and releasing clinical time for patient care.
  • Advancing Clinical Productivity with greater visibility of the different elements required for patient care including supplies and equipment which support the measurement and better allocation of resources, costs and clinical productivity across NHSS.
  • Enhancing Operational Efficiency with improved data and management information which supports informed decision making, driven by comparative clinical outcomes.
  • Supporting COVID Recovery by enabling increased clinical productivity, a greater throughput of patients, and the ability for health boards to maximise use of clinical time.

Scan for Safety also supports compliance with legal and regulatory requirements including:

  • Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (IMMDS)
  • Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021 (MMDA)
  • Forthcoming UK Medical Device Regulations

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