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Medical devices may worsen complex conditions in children, US study shows.

M2 PHARMA-June 7, 2013-Medical devices may worsen complex conditions in children, US study shows(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

7 June 2013 - A large number of children suffer from complications caused by medical devices, a study conducted by the US Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has shown.

The study, published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, aimed to determine the prevalence and nature of adverse medical device events (AMDEs) in 44 free-standing tertiary care children's hospitals in the USA. The scientists analysed medical information from 2004-2011, obtained from the Pediatric Health Information Systems (PHIS).

The research showed that 3.3% of 4.1 million patients hospitalised during the study period experienced at least one adverse event related to a medical device. In addition, the study found over 12,000 AMDEs during each year of the research.

The two most common device types related to AMDEs were identified to be vascular access devices and nervous system devices, accounting for combined 44.4% of AMDEs in the study.

A total 75.5% of AMDEs involved children with complex medical conditions and the largest age group, or 40% of those with AMDEs, included children aged two or less.

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