Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Implants & Infections

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says children considered for cochlear implants should have up-to-date vaccinations at least 2 weeks before surgery. The medical association points to the increased risk for infections from the surgery, especially otitis media and meningitis. After the device is implanted, the AAP says children should be monitored carefully and treated promptly at the first sign of infection. There are an estimated 1 million Americans who are potential candidates for cochlear implants. The FDA has set a one year minimum age for receptients, even though devices have been successfully placed in younger infants. Details of the new policy recommendation are in the August issue of Pediatrics.