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Risk assessment for surgical equipment

A medical manufacturer had US-approved surgical equipment, but its current design was not working for some international markets.

Challenge

International markets required the system to be smaller and more compact, but still maintain the necessary functionality. With the new changes, the manufacturer wanted to conduct testing in the US to get FDA approval, which would facilitate approval in international markets.

Approach

We tested the redesigned device with a surgical team trained on the current system.

This included in-person testing in an outpatient clinic, in the surgical team’s environment. We evaluated system setup, tool programming, and use during a simulated surgery.

Outcome

We evaluated and updated their Risk Assessment (uFMEA), aligning with previously submitted documents, while identifying new risks and user paths for the redesigned equipment.

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