They may be small but the problems are big – medical devices for children is hard to come by. The Fredericksburg shares the problem;
Improvise isn’t a word parents want to hear from their kid’s doctor. Yet pediatric specialists too often have to jury-rig care because many of the medical devices needed to treat sick children were built for adults.
Part of the problem is size.
There’s little financial incentive to create and test pint-sized devices because children overall are healthier than adults and make up a fraction of the treatment market.
But families are starting to demand solutions.
The industry acknowledges medical devices designed specifically for children often lag five years to 10 years behind new technology for adults, and Food and Drug Administration statistics illustrate the disparity. In 2013, eight of the 38 novel or higher-risk devices FDA approved were labeled for use by patients younger than 22. In 2014, six of 33 such device approvals were for pediatric use; so were two devices for rare disorders allowed to sell under a special fast-tracking program.
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