1. The role of medical technology in the acute management of COVID-19
Medical technology plays a vital role in in the response to COVID-19. Whether by testing who may have contracted COVID-19, ensuring that healthcare professionals can work safely or providing citizens with protective equipment, medical technology is pivotal.
Three key categories of health products are critical in these times:
• COVID-19 diagnostic tests: you can learn more about the different type of COVID-19 tests available here.
• Personal protective equipment (PPE): this includes face masks, gloves, protective goggles and suits. More information on PPE is available here.
• Respiratory support equipment: this includes ventilators and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and is a crucial part of intensive care treatment.
Our Director International Affairs, Jesus Rueda Rodriguez, explains more about these products and the way they help in the response on our MedTech ON AIR podcast (published on 13/11/2020).
To make sure that these products are produced and supplied to hospitals and healthcare systems, our members, both manufacturers and national associations, work relentlessly.
As a trade association, our role is to coordinate and liaise among manufacturers, national associations and EU institutions. Trade associations like MedTech Europe are essentials to make sure that supply chains are not disrupted, access to all medical technologies can continue and information flows between institutions and industry.
As a European association, MedTech Europe supports these efforts. We coordinate and liaise among manufacturers, national associations and EU institutions to make sure that supply chains are not disrupted and access to all medical technologies can continue.