Navigation Links
Children dependent on life support vulnerable to loss of electrical power
Date:10/15/2011

BOSTON -- Children dependent on electrically powered medical devices for life support and maintenance are vulnerable to an unexpected loss of power and their parents are ill-prepared to deal with it, according to an abstract presented Sunday, Oct. 16, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston.

Children with special health care needs are medically complex and often dependent on feeding pumps, oxygen concentrators, nebulizers (providing medication to the lungs), chest vests (for children with cystic fibrosis), suction machines and other medical devices requiring electrical power. A natural disaster or a power grid disruption could halt electrical service not only in a child's home, but also at nearby hospitals and medical centers, placing these children at risk of death. (Hospitals own back-up generators, but it may be very difficult for them to reach hospitals in time due to possible traffic gridlock or hospital lockdown.)

In the study, "Technoelectric Dependent Children," researchers surveyed 50 families caring for children and young adults, ages 5 months to 25 years, who are dependent on electronic medical devices.

In the study, 94 percent of families felt that their children need an electrical medical device to maintain their lives. Researchers found many of devices did not have back-up batteries, and 86 percent felt their most important device would not run more than 1 day without electricity. Half did not have any back-up plan. Three- fourths did not have a generator. Though almost 90 percent possessed automobiles, half were not aware that a car can generate electricity.

"Our research revealed that most technoelectric dependent children with special health care needs are not prepared for power failure," said lead study author Kazumi Sakashita, MD. "We suggest that in addition to having a back-up battery, parents and caregivers use an automobile as a tool to generate electricity and have a standby or portable generator at home. Families of children who are dependent on electrically powered devices should routinely drill for power failure and have a plan to maintain electrical power for their life support or maintenance devices."


'/>"/>
Contact: Deborah Linchesky
dlinchesky@aap.org
847-434-7084
American Academy of Pediatrics
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Amway One by One Campaign for Children Reaches 7 Million Kids
2. Exposure to secondhand smoke among children in England has declined since 1996
3. One Month after Major Quake, Ongoing Crises for Haitian Children
4. Groundbreaking Principal and Contributor on Dr. Oz Show Releases His Latest Book on How We Can Influence the Lives of Children
5. Children With Cerebral Palsy Benefitting From New Physical Therapy Regimen
6. Als Angels Love and Laughter Event to Support Children and Families in Desperate Need
7. If children wont go to school
8. Parents often wait too long to treat childrens asthma symptoms
9. Hypnosis can relieve symptoms in children with respiratory diseases
10. National Network of Digital Schools, SlateXP and UMPS CARE Raise $75,000 for Children
11. Father Channels His Grief into Advocacy, Promotes Simple Actions to Make Hospitals Safer for Children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL), will serve as a healthcare industry expert at the ... The panel discussion, moderated by Inside Indiana Business host Gerry Dick, will feature ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... "ProRandom is a set of camera tools that allow video editors to integrate ... Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , With ProRandom, ... video footage. ProRandom works by using a virtual camera to create the illusion of ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... “The Inn at the Mill”: a story of love and ... quest to become happy and content. , “The Inn at the Mill” is the ... in Germany and Vermont and is now living in Berks County on Crow Hill. ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... “Some Infallible Characteristics of ... Father. “Some Infallible Characteristics of Christ” is the creation of published author, Rev. Dr. ... Baptist Church for thirteen years, a preacher for over nineteen, a pastor for over ...
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... "Photo Cloud allows FCPX users to add favorited photos to ... ease," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , To begin, ... timeline. Presets include scenes with one, three, four or five focus points. There are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... , January 23, 2017 A new Transparency ... Market was valued at US$0.53 bn in 2013 and is ... strong 17.50% CAGR between 2014 and 2022. The title of the ... Size, Volume, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2022." ... Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... DIEGO and PALMA, Spain ... Laboratoris Sanifit S.L., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company ... that the first patient has been enrolled in ... lead candidate, SNF472, for the treatment of cardiovascular ... (HD). Most ESRD patients, in the ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... (Tumor, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Esoteric), By Type of Lab (Hospital, ... HIV/AIDS etc.), Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... US ... clinical lab testing, which has evolved as a major source ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: