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Flawed and Poor-Quality Surgical Instruments Place Patients at Risk

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  • Surgeons need the right tools for the job, and these tools must be made to exact specifications and be of the highest quality. A BBC investigation reveals 20 percent of all surgical tools used fail to meet quality standards
  • Common defects include fractured and re-welded instruments, sharp protruding guide pins on forceps that can lacerate gloves, burs and metal fragments that can break off, corrosion and pitted metals
  • Two-thirds of the world’s surgical instruments are manufactured in Pakistan, although many are marked “Made in Germany” — either through a legal loophole or an illegal profit-boosting scheme

By Dr. Mercola

The BBC documentary, “Surgery’s Dirty Secrets,” which originally aired in 2011, investigates the sources of surgical tools, and highlights flaws in British safety regulations.


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