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Expert Rev Med Devices 2012 May;9(3):275-82

Pediatric devices and adverse events from A to Z: understanding the benefits and risks from a US FDA perspective.

Samuels-Reid J, Lawrence B, Millin C, Cope J


Medical devices are often overlooked as a contributor to adverse events. In clinical practice, physicians are aware of the potential for adverse effects from drug products, which are routinely included in differential diagnoses of patients' presenting complaints. However, physicians may not always consider that the use, misuse or malfunction of a medical device, and/or its components, may result in a patient's presenting signs and symptoms or lack of improvement. Consideration of medical devices is particularly important in the pediatric population, who may be especially susceptible to device-related adverse events due to their smaller body size, weight and ongoing rapid growth and development.

Category: Journal Article, Review
PubMed ID: #22702258 DOI: 10.1586/erd.12.7
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Medical Devices Women's Health
Entry Created: 2012-06-19 Entry Last Modified: 2012-11-06