Medtech gives Ir­ish statis­tics a healthy hew

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - LIFE SCIENCES -

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.

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