She was only 12 years old when her sudden cardiac arrest was captured on a school security camera. Thankfully, she was saved by the quick actions of a few teachers and the school’s automatic external defibrillator:
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The newest version of the iPhone, known as the 4S, was unveiled this week with features that are likely to be a step up or tech-savvy health care providers.
While it looks just like the previous generation, the 4S has upped the ante with double the processing power and a camera with six times the resolution of its predecessor
FDR (here signing the Declaration of War against Japan, 1941) died from a stroke caused by years of hypertension. Millions of U.S. children could meet the same fate – unless we act now.
While many of us recall that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had polio, few remember that he died in 1945 from another cause: stroke. The sentiment of his physician — that it “had come out of the clear sky” — reflected the prevailing view that heart attack and stroke were bolts from the blue that doctors could act on only after the event.
The University of Michigan won a 2-year $2.2 million award from the FDA to support more than 40 ongoing projects aimed at developing medical devices for children.
"This award will give us a great opportunity to meet our vision of creating a long-term sustainable effort in pediatric device development under the umbrella of the U-M Medical Innovation Center," pediatric surgeon Dr. James Geiger said in prepared remarks. "We are humbled to receive this award."
University of Michigan Pediatric Device Inventors Awarded Funds to Design Child-Specific Medical Devices
$2.2 million FDA grant designed to create safe solutions for medical problems in children
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Adapting adult medical devices to be used for children is a common but often problematic practice across U.S. hospitals.
By Dr. Marion Pierson
By Tom Ulrich
Every year, thousands of children in intensive care units across the United States are put on mechanical ventilation to help them breathe. But while this technology has saved countless lives, it can also cause or worsen lung injury.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Metal-on-metal hip implants complaints have skyrocketed in recent months, numbering more than 5,000 since January, which is more than for the past four years combined.
Hip replacements are one of the most common procedures in the U.S., and one estimate puts the number of patients with metal-on-metal implants at 500,000.
In the past few decades, what used to be considered medical miracles have become expected and everyday. More children are surviving prematurity, even extreme prematurity. Congenital heart defects are routinely repaired, leukemia has largely become curable, and conditions like sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis have become manageable chronic conditions with a greatly increased life expectancy.
The FDA is on a roll, releasing yet another draft guidance on medical device regulations this week, this time providing an overview of the postmarket surveillance program and procedural information on how companies should comply.
The new guidance highlights postmarket programs for devices with a big footprint in pediatrics, makes recommendations for submission protocol for postmarket studies, outlines study status procedures and updates the postmarket surveillance program in light of its transfer to the division of epidemiology’s office of surveillance and biometrics.