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Well the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to tighten regulations on the makers of heart defibrillators.
When someone goes into cardiac arrest these devices can make the difference between life or death.
But since 2005.
There have been some 45000.
Reports of them malfunctioning.
In that time manufactures recalled their products 88 times.
Doctor Kevin Campbell is a practicing cardiologist and an assistant professor of medicine at University of North Carolina that you also the chief medical officer.
Of cardiogram idea company providing the -- -- later services.
Obviously if you're going to have to use one of these things you want to be sure that it's reliable that is gonna work the first time may be the only time you're gonna get the chance to use it.
How concerned should we be.
Well we know that sudden cardiac arrest is the number one cause of death in the US today second only to all types of cancers combined so it is a huge public health problem.
Are the difference between life and death.
And they work 99% of the time over -- time period that we are discussing.
There have been some incidences where that machine didn't work or batteries were expired or pats may have been expired.
So yeah it's my understanding the part of the problem here is that the defibrillator companies are one of the things the FDA wants them to do.
Is to release information on how their machines are designed I can't imagine that these companies I -- -- in competitive businesses.
That they're gonna want to release all the details of the inner workings of their gadgets.
For all the world to see.
Well one of the things the FDA does very well is they require medical device companies to have something called pre market approval.
In the past automatic external defibrillators -- AED's.
We're not required to have this because they were in existence in 1976 prior to.
The deal legislation that -- Now.
They will have to disclose this information to the FDA and go through an approval process just like makers of other medical devices will.
But I guess back to the original question I mean if if there have been -- some thousands of cases apparently in which they haven't worked.
I mean those things that we've got them hanging on the office walls here at fox -- If if if you if they're going to be there you want to work is part of the problem the fact that they are you know I'm not used all that often.
I think that is part of the problem and I think that maintenance programs like.
Are provided by -- are ready -- essential to making sure that these devices work.
Maintenance programs where you make sure that the battery is checked regularly that the pats -- and accessories are checked regularly.
And that we make sure that the device is going to be ready.
And that people at fox or whatever building there in are trained to use them because that's important as well as so what's the what's the take away here for viewers I mean should they be concerned should Dave Bush today I don't.
Call up for a battery check on the defibrillator that's in their in their home or in their office.
I think that routine maintenance on defibrillators is absolutely essential.
I think that we need to emphasize that eight ED save lives this survival rate with out the fibrillation and then out of hospital arrest is less than 5%.
Very quick CPR -- relation the survival rate can approach 70%.
So we need to continue to push for the proliferation of -- And I agree that the FDA.
Wants to make sure that these eight TDs when they're out there.
Are working and are going to function properly you have the survival rates better as long as the AD is working -- that's the focus of the legislation doctor Kevin Campbell thank you.
Thank you for having me today you --
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