Patients with implants should be given implant cards for reference

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7119.1377 (Published 22 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1377
  1. S Purkayastha, Associate specialista
  1. a Department of Orthopaedics, Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, Bromley, Kent BR2 9AJ

    Editor—Orthopaedics and trauma surgery would be unthinkable without implants. In Britain alone roughly 40 000 total hip implants are inserted every year. Then there are other joint implants, besides the metal plates, rods, nails, screws, etc that are used in fracture surgery. Thus millions of implants are inserted into bones and joints every year throughout the world. Other implants—for example, …

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