Implant ID card
An implant ID card is given to all patients who have received an implant from a healthcare facility or clinic. There is no cost to the patient for this. The identification card contains information about the patient, the name, type and nature of the implant and the individual serial number. In addition, the manufacturer, implantation date and the institution as well as the performing physician are documented on it. The advantage of the identification card lies in the traceability of the implant, so that action can be taken as quickly as possible in the event of a recall. In addition, it offers those affected the opportunity to identify themselves at airports or at other security checks with metal detectors at home and abroad, thus avoiding problems. Since 2014, medical facilities have been required to issue an implant ID card after performing implantation of cardiac catheters, stents, coils, pacemakers, breast implants, and artificial hip, knee, and shoulder joints. Dental implants do not require the issuance of an identification card.