... " I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone."...small yet important part of the Doctor's Oath.
" In 2002, World Health Organisation Member States agreed on a World Health Assembly Resolution on patient safety in recognition of the compelling evidence of the need to reduce the harm and suffering of patients and their families, and the economic benefits of improving patient safety. The extent of patient harm from their health care had been exposed by the publication of international studies from a number of countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).
The concerns of patient safety are international and it is widely recognised that adverse events are considerably underreported".
Please... you do not need your doctor to do it... you just need to send in your REPORT, REPORT REPORT...CLICK HERE FOR THE DOCUMENT TO USE.
Day by day I come across more and more stories, articles, press releases, research documents, announcements and some very sad personal stories surrounding the 'not rare' complications of surgical mesh.
I have found that it is much quicker to load the links onto the face book page than onto this site.
Please see our facebook page for the most recent info.
A group of us have also set up a CLOSED SUPPORT group for people living with mesh issues. It is not available for public viewing. You can request membership by clicking here.
1. Raise awareness amongst New Zealanders about the complications that are NOT RARE with the use of surgical mesh.
2. To provide INFORMATION to enable anyone considering having surgical mesh surgery, particularly women having pelvic floor or bladder sling repairs, to be FULLY INFORMED before consenting to this surgery.
3. To shout out to our health professionals and government bodies so that our stories are no longer 'news to them' but an acknowledged public health issue that needs to be addressed.
4. Adverse events that are associated with medical devices SHOULD ALL BE REPORTED to Medsafe.
US Urologists and Gynocologists recommend that mesh be reserved for high‐risk individuals in whom the benefit of mesh placement may justify the risk.
This document is a 'tool kit' for doctors to use to fully INFORM PATIENTS ABOUT THE RISKS.
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ACC Review of all 'decided' mesh claims..
Read it here...