Highlights: Component database re-design

The new component classification for hips and knees went live in 2018/19 and, following regular co-operation, is closely aligned with the German registry’s (EPRD) classification.  The work included mapping all current data into the new structure to ensure that no data was lost and that analyses could continue as normal.  The new classification for shoulder devices is currently being developed in conjunction with the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS).

Work is now underway with device manufacturers to ensure that the additional data required by the new hip and knee classification is uploaded and this work will continue in 2019/20.  As reported last year, the new classification does not affect the data entry system in any way but will improve the analyses of outcomes.  The increased level of detail will also prevent the camouflaging of poor performance by individual components within an otherwise well-performing brand or family of components.

Many suppliers have either adopted, or are in the process of adopting, the GS1 barcode standard, following the US Food and Drugs Administration’s (FDA) requirements for Unique Device Identifiers.  Of the approximately 80,000 components in the database, over 40,000 now have Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTIN) associated with them.  This means that barcode scanning will become more reliable and accurate as the GTIN forms part of the GS1 barcode and is essential to the accurate identification of an implant. Some manufacturers and suppliers will either move to or continue with the Health Industry Barcode (HBIC) standard which is also supported by the NJR’s component database. Hospitals are encouraged to adopt barcode scanning for the recording of implants as it ensures good data quality.