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Study Shows Medical Devices Complicate Complex Conditions in Kids
Date:6/6/2013

CINCINNATI, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As modern medical advances help more children with complex conditions live longer, a new study shows a significant number suffer from complications caused by medical devices that are also necessary for their survival.

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Researchers report their findings online June 7 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Study authors say their research underscores the continued need to improve care for this growing population of children by enhancing medical device safety practices and ensuring device design is suitable or adaptable for pediatric patients.

"Medicine and pediatrics have made amazing advances over the last couple of decades that have resulted in children with congenital diseases and prematurity living longer, so this issue is a by-product of that success," said Patrick Brady, MD, MSc, the lead author and a physician in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Brady said medical devices are a major factor in improved survival for children with complex medical conditions. But he added there has been relatively little research into how medical devices may expose these children to additional risks, especially when considering the devices are foreign objects to the human body and subject to mechanical problems or causing infections. Also, researchers note that most medical devices are designed for adults and have to be adapted for use in children.

The retrospective study's objective was to describe the prevalence and nature of adverse medical device events (AMDEs) in 44 free-standing tertiary care children's hospitals in the United States. Using data from the Pediatric Health Information Systems (PHIS), researchers analyz
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