The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is calling on nurses to encourage patients to report faults in medical equipment.
It handles 8,500 incidents related to faulty devices a year, of which 1,500 result in serious injury or death.
The MHRA has produced new leaflets and, posters designed to highlight the dangers of faulty medical equipment and how people can report them. Faults can be reported by phone, email or post.
Susanne Ludgate, devices clinical director at the MHRA, said: 'By getting people to report their experiences of faulty medical equipment, not only are we improving their safety, but we can more directly involve people in medical device regulation.'