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  • Special Communication: MPPR and Sequestration Cuts Effective April 1

    Members 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.

    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.

    International Pediatric Organization Posts Guidelines at WCPT Website

    The 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.

    IOPTP 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 member organizations.

    In 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.