Proposals stir reader interest

Implant labeling proposal
Kent Jason Lowry, MD,
and William M. Mihalko, MD, (
“Will Uniform Information Organization for Arthroplasty Implant Labeling Become a Reality?” AAOS Now, February 2012) have outlined the tremendous work they have done through the AAOS Biomedical Engineering Committee to address uniform implant coating.

This is extremely important for us in the Canadian Joint Replacement Registry, which is requesting that manufacturers supply a barcode that is unique to their product but can be “read” by the end user and automatically go into the registry. This will avoid the need to manually enter lot numbers and other information, potentially reducing the incidence of input errors.

I think the major manufacturers are close to implementing this uniform barcode, which I hope will assist the Biomedical Engineering Committee in its goal to achieve uniform implant labeling.

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