should look for an e-mail from APTA today explaining 2 critical changes that
will affect the physical therapy profession on April 1. APTA has been
developing resources to help you prepare for the policies that will be
implemented on April 1, so it's imperative that you read the message and review the online information available from the links.
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
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.
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.
International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics (IOPTP) has
posted information on clinical and administrative guidelines at the World
Confederation for Physical Therapy's (WCPT) website at www.wcpt.org/ioptp/resources.
began collecting information from its member organizations following round
table sessions held at WCPT's 2011 congress in which attendees requested that
IOPTP provide information about guidelines (practice and administrative) and
fact sheets for health care professionals and consumers. IOPTP will add new
information as additional guidelines and fact sheets are identified by its
other WCPT news, physical therapists from around the
world heard about the impact that WCPT education policies are having on the
development of the profession at the European Physiotherapy Education Congress,
held in Vienna, Austria, in November.
The congress attracted 587 delegates from 48 countries. The theme, "Advancing
the Professional Profile," focused on continuing professional development
as a means of promoting evidence based physical therapy. Speakers examined
innovative ways in which to continue professional development throughout a
career in physical therapy.
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