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Where's Canada's medical devices???[edit]

I know Canada only has 1/10th the population of the United States of America, but usually I can depend on Wikipedia having information for us too. Usually we're included as a footnote after USA. I am surprised I could not find a single reference to the word Canada (or even North America) in the entire article. I came here looking for some information what is considered a medical device. For myself I'm seeking this definition for tax purposes, I want to see for what reason the government doesn't accept weights (used for exercise) as medical devices (which logically help you live longer, stronger, healthier). As many adjectives as I can use though, it doesn't matter I'm sure they'll still decline it if I submit that... Well maybe I'm not sure that's why I'm looking. Nastajus (talk) 18:27, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Medical Devices and Technological Security Issues I would like to add a paragraph about the risk of these devices being hacked.Cableknitpower (talk) 21:57, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

Medical devices vs. equipment vs. supplies vs. products[edit]

I would like to see a brief general discussion of the different broad terms commonly used for medical devices / equipment / supplies / products, etc., with an explanation of how they overlap and differ, a few good examples that illustrate the differences between these terms.Thomas.Hedden (talk) 16:16, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Thomas: Only medical device is an official legally-defined term. The other words you list have dictionary definitions. I do not think any special discussion is necessary. --Zeamays (talk) 04:09, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

I agree with Thomas that it is worth it, coudl it be just to advise the layman that " Only medical device is an official legally-defined term"...--MarmotteiNoZ 06:53, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Raise this issue again....[edit]

Since there is no academic publishing standard for me to track which is similar to ISO 13485, the sections of Academic resources and Industrial resources are only of my preferences. Welcome others to edit them to reach a consensus-- (talk) 06:01, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

You might take a look at WP:AJ and ask for help on the talk page...not sure if it's what you're looking for. If not, you could also post a request at WP:RSN. Flowanda | Talk 02:37, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

It's interesting....[edit]

I'm interesting to know when ISO is doing tracking of my google search, as the return results are very different with the time within a day and the later result will always suit my needs and taste. Thanks ISO to treat me as a VIP, hey ~__^.-- (talk) 09:53, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

Will this site (Wikipedia) be closed off according to .....[edit]

This guidance? ~__^ -- (talk) 07:57, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

If so, wiki admin please provide us a backup site for downloading the articles generated by this site —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:00, 26 April 2009 (UTC)


I removed the Ansiscope reference in the Class lists of devices as that is a brand-name of a device; not a type of device. [ref][/ref] (talk) 15:54, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

what is medical instruments? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:49, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Related discussion at Electronic medical record[edit]

I've started a discussion at the electronic medical record page; please participate in the discussion there as the links being added here seem to be related and we can keep the discussion together. Thanks! Flowanda | Talk 20:55, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

As there has been no legitimate discussion or explanation about the dozens of edits adding multiple links to google search result pages, I am removing them here and elsewhere. Flowanda | Talk 11:04, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Proposed restructuration of the article[edit]

If nobody reject this idea here, I intent to:

  • Add an introductory section about the fact that medical devices are regulated in most if not all countries. I would reuse some of the contents which are now in the "Standardization and regulatory concerns" section
  • Merge together the Radio-frequency identification and Medical devices and technological security issues sections
  • remove the "Standardization and regulatory concerns" section which I believe contains too much anectodical contents

Please comment --MarmotteiNoZ 07:13, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Sounds like a great idea. I have interest in the topic but sadly very little time at present. Looking forward to seeing your work; this article is in sore need of good content, formatting and sources. Wafflephile (talk) 16:50, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

Source that might be useful on RFI[edit]

This source might be useful for improving this article - RADIOFREQUENCY INTERFERENCE WITH MEDICAL DEVICES Has links to other sources in academic literature. (talk) 06:50, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

RFI overkill?[edit]

Is there some reason for the inordinate amount of information about RFI in this article? Was this a notable advance in medical devices? It seems as though this information could be more usefully placed somewhere else such as in medical informatics. Any thoughts?Desoto10 (talk) 05:33, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for your edits so far. In the RFI section, most likely an editor contributed what he/she could based on a single, limited source. I believe the content does belong in this article, but could use a bit of improvement: better sourcing if possible, less advice, more encyclopedic info, less verbosity, etc. Could possibly be merged with Medical device#Medical devices and technological security issues. Wafflephile (talk) 18:08, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
Hello Wafflephile, The first section on implantable RF devices is a word-for-word copy of the ref 14 (wtnews). I assume that is a copyright violation, but, in any case, would like to trim it down to a couple of sentences.Desoto10 (talk) 06:04, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Good catch! It is indeed a blatant case of copyright violation. For now I'll remove the entire section in anticipation of your edits. Wafflephile (talk) 18:11, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Merger of Medical equipment here[edit]

I propose we merge (or simply redirect) the already weak and insubstantial Medical equipment article to here. Reasoning:

1. See the initial discussion of the differentiation of "medical device" from "medical equipment," etc. earlier in 2008 on this talk page. Medical device is the legal term.

2. The FDA defines a "medical device" as "an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including a component part, or accessory which is ... intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, in man or other animals." The examples currently listed in "Medical equipment" would handily fit into this definition. Externally, this topic has been discussed on other venues such as Quoara. Lostraven (talk) 21:16, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Agree The article is tiny and scatter all over the wiki, should be nice to seem more effective way to use the space. --- by phoenix -- (talk) 08:03, 25 April 2016 (UTC)