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  • FDA Proposes to Improve Quality of AEDs

    The US Food and Drug Administration recently issued a proposed order aimed at helping manufacturers improve the quality and reliability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The proposed order, if finalized, will require manufacturers of AEDs to submit premarket approval (PMA) applications that contain clinical data to support the product's approval.  

    Although these devices have saved lives over the years, the FDA has received approximately 45,000 adverse event reports between 2005 and 2012 associated with the failure of AEDs. Manufacturers also have conducted dozens of recalls. FDA says the problems it is seeing are "preventable and correctable." The most common issues involve the design and manufacture of the devices and inadequate control of components purchased from other suppliers.

    In addition to the clinical safety and effectiveness data, a PMA must also include a review of a manufacturer's quality systems information and an inspection of its manufacturing facilities. After approval, manufacturers must submit to the FDA any significant manufacturing changes made to the devices and annual reports of the device’s performance.

    For information on APTA's position on cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification and use of AEDs, and acquiring an AED for a physical therapy practice, click here.


    • Are AEDs required in PT outpatient centers operating as a PTIP? Thank you.

      Posted by Mitchell Tannenbaum,PT on 3/4/2014 10:40 AM

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