How the U.K. is making breast implants safer than ever

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Companies in the U.K. are now providing barcodes on breast implants, hip replacements and other surgical tools to help prevent scares like the PIP silicone scandal from happening. Poly Implant Prothése—or PIP— was a breast implant manufacturing company that was caught making fraudulent breast implants out of cheaper industrial-grade silicone. According to BBC, 400,000 women received PIP implants and 4,000 of those reportedly ruptured. This created a fear in the health community.

But now, U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) is providing barcodes on implants and other medical supplies. And Britain's Department of Health announced a "Scan4Safety" initiative that will see to it that these codes are put on. With the codes on medical supplies and patient wristbands, medical professionals will be able to see who administered the treatment, and where and when it was done.

The government claims this will help to rid harms in hospitals such as errors like administering the wrong drugs or a surgery being performed on the wrong part of the body. "By using barcodes, anything that might develop a fault years later, for example a screw used in a knee operation or breast implant, can be traced," a statement from the U.K. government says.

"The details, such as when it was used and the surgeon who carried out the procedure, can be found quickly and easily." So, if there's a recall on any of the hardware, patients can be tracked down and informed immediately. This £12 million operation is already proving effective. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claims that early results from six pilot projects show a potential to save lives and £1 billion for the NHS over seven years.

While this system is not a part of the U.S. medical scene yet, we're staying hopeful that it'll cross the pond to our plastic surgery industry as well.

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Venezuelan women get sterilization surgery amid crisis
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Venezuelan women get sterilization surgery amid crisis
Medical personnel move a woman after her sterilization surgery, as other women are waiting for the procedure, at a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Women wait for sterilization surgery at a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Women prepare for sterilization surgery at a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Women wait for sterilization surgery a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Medical personnel move a woman after her sterilization surgery in the operating room of a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Medical personnel move a woman after her sterilization surgery in the operating room of a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Medical personnel move a woman during her sterilization surgery in the operating room of a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Surgeons carry out a sterilization on a patient in an operating room at a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
A patient lies on a bed during sterilization surgery in the operating room of a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
A patient lies in bed while recovers after sterilization surgery in a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Yoon rings are seen on a metal tray in an operating room during sterilization surgery at a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Alejandra Jordan (R), 30, and her sister Andreina Jordan, 34, recover after sterilization surgery at their home in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Alejandra Jordan (C), 30, rests on a couch while she recovers after sterilization surgery at her home in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Doris Arocha (C), 30, who was sterilized two months ago, watches television with her children while they eat dinner at their home in San Diego, Venezuela July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Anayanci Castillo (C), 37, talks to her daughter Katerine, while they travel on a bus before Anayanci's sterilization surgery in Ocumare, Venezuela July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Alejandra Jordan, 30, talks on the phone before her sterilization surgery at the door of her house in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Medical personnel push Emileidy Ojeda, 26, in a wheelchair after a sterilization surgery in a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Emileidy Ojeda, 26, breastfeeds her four-month-old son David, ahead of her sterilization surgery, at their house in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Geraldine Rocca, 29, waits for the results of a pregnancy test before her sterilization surgery in Caracas, Venezuela July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Women wait on a bus as they travel for sterilization surgery outside a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Alejandra Jordan, 30, dresses her son Josue, before her sterilization surgery, at her home in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Janna, 7, plays with a puppy while her mother Geraldine Rocca cooks the lunch at her grandmother's house in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Alejandra Jordan, 30, shows the food she has at home, while she recovers after a sterilization surgery, in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Geraldine Rocca, 29, takes a pregnancy test before her sterilization surgery in Caracas, Venezuela July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Geraldine Rocca, 29, carries her son Jeremy in a stroller as she travels to take a pregnancy test before her sterilization surgery in Caracas, Venezuela July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Alejandra Jordan, 30, combs her daughter Valeria's hair at their home in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Alejandra Jordan (2nd R), 30, poses for a picture with her children (L-R) Valentina, 13, Valeria, 6, and Josue, 4, ahead of her sterilization surgery, at their home in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Geraldine Rocca, 29, (2nd R) poses for a picture with her children (L-R) Jeremy, Nicole and Janna, ahead of her sterilization surgery in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins S
Lisibeht Martinez (R), 30, who was sterilized one year ago, plays with her children in a bathtub in the backyard of their house in Los Teques, Venezuela July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Lisibeht Martinez (L), 30, who was sterilized one year ago, sits next to her children while they play in a bathtub in the backyard of their house in Los Teques, Venezuela July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Luis Espinoza, 3, takes a bath next to a water tank, at his home in Charallave, Venezuela July 7, 2016. Luis's mother Oleydy Canizalez plans to have a sterilization surgery. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Oleydy Canizalez, 29, poses for a picture with her husband Julio Espinoza, 28, and her son Luis, 3, before her sterilization surgery, at their home in Charallave, Venezuela July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Geraldine Rocca, 29, carries her son Jeremy, ahead of her sterilization surgery in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
Oleydy Canizalez (R), 29, looks at her son Luis, 3, while he eats lunch, before her sterilization surgery, at their home in Charallave, Venezuela July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Yelis Toussaint looks to her son Jhonanyel, while he sleeps on a bed, before her sterilization surgery at their home in Charallave, Venezuela July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins 
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