Medtech gives Irish statistics a healthy hew
Ireland’s medtech sector is playing a key role in keeping the country’s statistics for avoidable deaths below the EU average, a new report states.
Ibec group member the Irish Medtech Association said the latest figures from Eurostat on ‘ Amenbale and preventable deaths statistics’ showed that the medtech sector in Ireland plays a vital role in saving and improving patients lives and can help avoid further deaths with better use of medical experts as part of a more effective health service.
IMA director Sinead Keogh stated: “The latest Eurostat figures for 2014 show that 33% of deaths from certain diseases in people below the age of 75 could have been avoided with better use of medical technology and medical knowledge as part of effective health care.
“There were 126.2 avoidable deaths per 100,000 inhabitants across the EU according to the latest data. Figures for Ireland showed there were 112.4 deaths per 100 000 — better than the EU average; the UK reported 116.1 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants.
“Our ability to attract some of the world’s leading clinicians and medical experts, plus our dynamic medtech industry, plays a key role in saving lives. Ireland is also a global medtech hub, with over 500,000 product types on the market to diagnose, monitor and treat patients, meaning people in Ireland are perhaps more aware of the role medtech plays in saving lives.”
This 33% of avoidable deaths accounts for 562,000 out of 1.7 million deaths in the EU, the leading causes being: heart attacks (177,971); strokes (90,662); and cancer (116,577).
Ireland has 35,000 staff working in 450 firms, with 18 of the world’s top 25 medtech firms; 4,000 more jobs are to be added by 2020. Over 30 million people with diabetes rely on injectable devices made here, 80% of global stent production is based in Ireland; 50% of ventilators used in the world’s acute hospitals are made here.