Medical Devices

The term ‘medical device’ covers all products used in healthcare for the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring or treatment of illness or disability. The range of products is very wide: it includes contact lenses and condoms; heart valves and hospital beds; resuscitators and radiotherapy machines; surgical instruments and syringes; wheelchairs and walking frames or other assistive technology products – many thousands of items used each and every day by healthcare providers and patients.

The list of items here is not comprehensive but shows the wide range of products that are considered to be medical devices:

  • Anaesthetic equipment
  • Blood warming cabinets
  • Catheters (for example, urinary, cardiac)
  • Chiropody equipment
  • Dental equipment and materials
  • Dressings
  • Endoscopes
  • Examination gloves
  • Implants – powered and non-powered (e.g. implantable defibrillators, pacemakers, heart valves, orthopaedic prostheses, bone cements)
  • IV administration sets and pumps
  • Ophthalmic equipment
  • Patient monitoring equipment (e.g. cardiac monitors)
  • Physiotherapy equipment
  • Radiotherapy equipment (brachytherapy external beam)
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Surgical instruments and equipment
  • Syringes and needles
  • Thermometers
  • Vaginal specula
  • X-ray systems, ultrasound imagers and CT/MR scanners

For patient transportation or moving (but not including ambulance vehicles themselves):

  • Carry chairs
  • Lifting aids
  • Stretchers and trolleys

For critical care:

  • Defibrillators
  • Resuscitators
  • Ventilators

For people with a disability:

  • Orthotic and prosthetic appliances
  • Patient hoists
  • Pressure relief equipment
  • Walking aids
  • Wheelchairs and special support seating

For daily living:

  • Bathing and showering equipment
  • Commodes
  • Hearing aids
  • Incontinence products
  • Prescribable footwear
  • Special chairs
  • Urine drainage systems

Medical devices and equipment also include the following in vitro diagnostic medical devices and their accessories:

  • Blood gas analysers
  • Devices for blood glucose measurement
  • Hepatitis and HIV test kits
  • Pregnancy test kits
  • Specimen collection tubes
  • Urine test strips

Also included are:

  • Condoms
  • Contact lenses and care products
  • Intra-uterine devices (IUDs)
  • We are also interested in products which, whilst not themselves medical devices, are used closely in conjunction with these devices. For example:
  • Bench top sterilizers
  • Blood and tissue storage systems
  • Chemical and biological indicators used in sterilization processes
  • Disinfecting and sterilizing equipment