Monday, 27 June 2016

Device registry exhibits in Adelaide

SPHPM’s Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) recently showcased to health professionals in Adelaide safeguards that help to protect the health of Australians undergoing breast device surgery.

A national registry, the ABDR collects information on breast devices - breast implants, expanders and mesh - commonly used during breast augmentation and for breast reconstructive surgery following cancer.

An estimated 10,000 Australian women are having breast implants inserted annually, with the number expected to grow.

The showcase demonstrated the role of the ABDR in the long-term safety of patients receiving breast devices; measuring rates of adverse effects and rupture of breast implants, providing a track and trace for device recalls and benchmarking best practice.

Plastic and reconstructive, cosmetic and general surgeons, theatre nurses, practice staff and representatives of device manufacturers attended the event.

Professor Rod Cooter, a Clinical Lead on the ABDR and MC at the Adelaide Showcase, introduced the background and aims of the registry. Dr Ingrid Hopper, Head of Drug and Devices Registries at SPHPM highlighted the registry’s uptake and progress, followed by Ms Vanessa Fox, ABDR Research Officer who gave a walk-through on data collection. Guest presenter Ms Heather Crosby, a theatre nurse at St Andrew’s Hospital then illustrated how to successfully integrate data capture into a busy theatre schedule.

Funded by the Australian Department of Health, the ABDR was developed in the wake of an international recall of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants five years ago. The ABDR is supported by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

The inaugural ABDR annual report is expected to be released shortly. Roll-out of the ABDR continues across Australia, with more showcase events planned for Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast and northern Queensland later this year.

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