RICHARD J. JOHNS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Various forces within medicine and from outside medicine act to insure the safety and efficacy of devices used directly in patient care. The most potent of these forces is also the least publicized—the motivation of hospital physicians. Physicians, and their hospitals, want to be sure that the medical systems and devices used on their patients are both safe and effective. This concern is no less than that for the safety and efficacy of diagnostic procedures and of drugs. Yet this "carrot" gets far less attention in professional and lay publications than the "sticks"—recently enacted medical-device legislation, institutional and professional liability
JOHNS RJ. Clinical Engineering and Safe, Effective Medical Devices. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:238. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-2-238
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