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Our hospital administration has asked us to help us with this question 
-- What is the hospital required (by state or federal law) to track for 
implants (stents, orthopedic prosthesis (hip and knee joints), Greene 
filters (used in veins))?

Our reference librarians have looked at FDA documents, including some 
Code of Federal Regulations, Medline and  Ovid Healthstar. She can not 
find anything written from the hospital standpoint or in the hospital 
literature. Most of what she did find covers what needs to be collected 
by the manufacturer in case of a recall. And it stands to reason that 
the hospital would have to collect the patient specific information, as 
well as, the physician information.

Please reply with any suggestions to
    Geneva Bush Staggs, 251-471-7855, [log in to unmask]

Thanks for your help.

Judy Burnham

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Judy F. Burnham				
Interim Director
Biomedical Library
University of South Alabama		(251) 460-6888 (voice)
316 BLB					(251) 460-6958 (fax)
Mobile, AL 36688			[log in to unmask]

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