Which Health Impacts of Medical Device Adverse Event Should Be Reported Immediately in Korea?

J Patient Saf. 2022 Mar 1;18(2):e591-e595. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000877.


Objective: Immediate medical device adverse event (MDAE) reporting indications of Korea include death, life-threatening, hospitalization (initial or prolonged), disability or permanent damage, and congenital malformation or abnormalities. With the advent of new codes from the International Medical Device Regulators Forum, a study was undertaken to explore the applicability of health impact codes as immediate MDAE reporting indications in the Republic of Korea.

Method: This domestic cross-sectional survey study was conducted for members from Medical Device Safety Information Monitoring Center in November 2019. For the annex F (health impact) codes defining health impact of an MDAE, we checked whether each code matched with the current indication and asked experts whether they agreed with each code as an indication of immediate reporting. Consensus was reached when ≥70% of experts agreed.

Results: A total of 28 experts from 19 centers responded to the survey. Of a total of 64 codes, 29 matched with the current indication. However, in an expert survey, 17 of 29 codes were not agreed for immediate reporting and 5 codes were found to be unmatched codes. For these 5 codes, experts agreed that they would need reporting immediately. Finally, only 17 codes achieved consensus for immediate reporting.

Conclusions: There is a discrepancy between the code matched to the current immediate MDAE reporting indication and experts' consensus. Sufficient discussion and agreement would be needed to apply health impact codes for immediate reporting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Consensus
  • Cross-Sectional Studies*
  • Humans
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology