Innovative medical devices have helped reduce the burden of illness and injury and improve the quality of life for countless children mechanical ventilators and other respiratory support devices rescue thousands of fragile newborns every year. Safe medical devices for children committee on postmarket surveillance of pediatric medical devices board on health sciences policy marilyn j field and hugh tilson editors institute of medicine of the national academies 1st ed. Designing pediatric medical devices can be challenging children are often smaller and more active than adults body structures and functions change throughout childhood and children may be long . To increase the quality and availability of devices made specifically for children aap worked with other stakeholders to assess the unmet needs in pediatric device development and marketing this collaboration led to the passage of the pediatric medical device safety and improvement act of 2007 included in public law 110 85. The pediatric medical device safety and improvement act will increase the tracking of pediatric device approvals by fda coordinate the federal response to pediatric device needs establish a pediatric device research agenda and strengthen postmarket surveillance of devices used in children
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