What is the Need for Pediatric-Focused Health Care Devices and Products?
“Children deserve access to
devices that are safe, effective, and made just for them. Yet today many devices are not made with these considerations in mind, and some necessary devices are
not made at all.”
Testimony of Dr. Robert M. Campbell to the U.S. Senate, March 27,2007
Children Have Unmet Medical Needs
Pediatric medical devices are used to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions for children (up to age 21 years). Although some products are designed exclusively for children, other devices are borrowed from adult applications. Because children are often smaller, more active, and have different body structures and functions, designing pediatric medical devices may be very difficult and challenging. Also, because a child’s body changes greatly during childhood, implanted materials raise concerns about long-term exposure to certain equipment and about device longevity.