The mistaken steel plates could have been inserted into sufferers who’ve damaged bones, the NHS has admitted.
Hospitals have been requested to assessment the X-rays of sufferers handled with steel plates for the fracture of lengthy bones, equivalent to legs and arms, prior to now yr.
Sufferers at one belief had a versatile plate meant for reconstruction inserted as a substitute of a inflexible one for fractures.
NHS Enchancment fears the identical mistake might have been made elsewhere.
There was nothing in the meanwhile to counsel that had occurred, the regulator mentioned.
However as the error happened as a result of the design of the versatile reconstruction plate was modified, that means it appeared just like the extra inflexible plates, there’s a concern it might have been repeated at different hospitals.
The unnamed belief the place it has occurred has recognized seven instances.
One of many sufferers had fallen and the plate had buckled. They needed to bear additional surgical procedure to appropriate the issue.
One other affected person wanted extra surgical procedure after their plate failed after they have been having post-op physiotherapy.
Nationwide Director for Affected person Security, Dr Aidan Fowler, mentioned: “Sufferers shouldn’t be alarmed and don’t must take any motion themselves. The chance of hurt is low and their native hospital will contact them if there’s a probability that they’ve been affected.”
NHS Enchancment is now asking hospitals to assessment instances going again to February 2018.
Any instances earlier than that may have totally healed by now.
That’s prone to imply about 5,500 instances being checked.
Anybody affected shall be notified by their hospital.