The challenge of the hospital to become a 3D Point-Of-Care manufacturer

The main challenge for the hospital to become a medical device manufacturer is setting up a 3D printing lab. However,  it doesn’t end up creating a space for a 3D printer.  It covers much more than that and includes staffing, equipment, regulatory, requirements, and all of the documentation procedures.

Currently, it’s the 3D printing manufacturers who are collaborating with the hospitals, medical centers, and clinics, but it may change in the near future as the concerns about having point-of-care 3D printing labs in the one place arise.

Current state of 3D Printing for hospitals

Most of the process is currently happening outside of the hospital. The 3D manufacturer who is providing his products has a special agreement with the hospital, to provide a specific type of service to them. Such a partnership, where the 3D manufacturer is responsible for operating and leading the process is the most common one, however, it’s not always cost-effective or time-efficient.

Hospitals are able to create their own 3D printing models, however the transformation of the process is needed. In order to set up a 3D printing point-of-care in the hospitals, a lot of requirements need to be ensured first.

Considerations of hospital to become a manufacturer

Having an in-house additive manufacturing production demands to prepare the space, proper temperature, resources and the placement for 3D printers or other needed facilities. What’s more is the material selection, process validation and software both with the people who will be able to operate it. Also, regulatory concerns need to be considered. Clinical testing, safety issues or FDA authorization are the key to make the 3D Printing Point-Of-Care successful. 

Except for that, a team of physicians, technicians and support from the engineering team is unavoidable. The whole process needs to be monitored from the very beginning until the end. The control and tracking each step of the prints and their status is one of the most significant parts of the process. 

All the errors need to be captured and provided to the correction as soon as possible. This will leverage the whole procedure and enable the hospital to produce, deliver and implement the best additive manufacturing prints right in the place and time.

The outcomes of Additive Manufacturing Point-Of-Care

According to the efficient implementation of point-of-care, the hospital may reduce the time of treatments, cut out the costs of the 3D printing outsourced manufacturing and innovate the healthcare traditional processes. 

However, the first step that needs to be undertaken is an investment. This requires covering all the equipment costs, intensive staff training and teaching and assurance of all the regulatory coverage. 

Are you able to ensure it? Do you think that the hospitals are ready to become the 3D Printing Point-Of-Care manufacturers? Share with us your point of view in the comment below!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Weronika,
    I am currently writing my Master’s about exact that topic, the real lifetime costs and the advantages of such investment for our local University Hospital. Thank you so much for sharing all these articles here. It gives me a perfect overview what’s the state of the art of such centers.

    I just found an error right in the beginning – I guess you do not mean addictive manufacturer, who somehow would sell drugs.

    All the best
    Thomas

    • Thanks a lot for mentioning Thomas! That one slipped through somehow. it’s great to hear that! Which university hospital are you in?

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