Paul Farmer, MD, PhD; Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD
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Farmer P, Bukhman G. Reuse of Medical Devices and Global Health Equity. Ann Intern Med. 2012;157:591-592. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-8-201210160-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(8):591-592.
The past several decades have been marked by the advent of new technologies designed and marketed to forestall disease progression. Novel diagnostics and therapeutics have been accompanied by scores of new or improved medical devices. These devices include prosthetic joints, advanced wheelchairs, and left ventricular assist devices, and their arrival on the market has often outpaced the knowledge of how and when to deploy them. What are their indications? How well do they work, and for which pathologies? How long should they be used? Are they single-use devices, such as prostheses and pacemakers, or multiuse devices, such as the external fixators used in orthopedic surgery?
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