On December 15th and 16th, the FDA held a public discussion/presentation forum on External Defibrillators. Though I was unable to attend (I was registered, but was called to classes on those days), I have spent the last several days going through the Webcast that was broadcast. You can find the session at www.fda.gov.
I am, in many ways, glad that I was not able to attend. I have many strong opinions based upon the presentations and public comments and would have likely spoken in a manner that may not have been perceived as kind. I found myself yelling Bullshit at my computer screen several times during the presentation.
Instead, I will use my own forum to voice my own opinions and concerns.
Stay tuned over this weekend for several postings on topics such as:
- EMT Training in AEDs
- Public Training in AEDs
- Which AED manufacturers actually presented vs. which stayed silent. (What does that say for culpability?)
- Outsourcing of manufacturing and the impact on AED safety and reliability.
- Manufacturer responsibility for outsourced products.
- Standardization vs. non-Standardization of AED design and function.
- Who is responsible for an AED not being “Rescue-Ready?” The manufacturer or the client?