The FDA is calling for tighter regulations on public defibrillators to ensure better quality and fewer recalls.
There are now about two-point-four million automated external defibrillators in public places across the country. While the FDA's proposal does not call for any devices to be removed or replaced, it would require manufacturers to get approval for future products.
Since 2005, there have been about 45-thousand reports of problems or failures involving public defibrillators, as well as 88 recalls. And while it's unknown if these failures caused any deaths, the FDA's action will help ensure that AED's work properly when they're needed.
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