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Washington, DC, 25 January, 2018 (PAHO)- For the first time, the Pan American Health Organization developed a List of Priority Medical Devices to be used in the first level of care according to the needs of health care in the countries of the Americas. The list was compiled from a review of the WHO Clinical Practice Guidelines.

The list preliminary report, which is currently in the validation stage, presents a total of 235 medical devices for the first level of care and a list of 50 items that will be subject to a second review by experts.

"Having a list of priority medical devices for the first level of care will serve as a reference to the health authorities to select devices according to the needs of their country and will stimulate the rational use of these health technologies" said Analía Porrás, Chief of the Unit of Medicines and Health Technologies of PAHO/WHO.

The methodology used for the preparation of the list consisted in activities organized in four stages: conceptualization, preparation, elaboration and validation. Among them, PAHO identified and analyzed the WHO Clinical Guidelines on: Public health emergencies, Non-communicable diseases, Nutrition, Environmental health, Child health, Mental health, Maternal, reproductive and women's health, Patient safety, Health systems, Communicable diseases, Malaria, Antimicrobial resistance, Tuberculosis, and HIV. Based on these guidelines, priority medical devices for the first level of care were selected, as well as the practices and interventions for which their use would be indicated.

Currently, the final stages of validation will allow knowing the degree of agreement between the list and the medical devices available in the first level care centers of the health systems of the region.