FDA asks for tough standards for defibrillators

January 25, 2011 2:28:49 PM PST
The Food and Drug Administration is asking an expert panel to consider whether external defibrillators should have tougher standards.

The devices are found in many public places and are used to shock a patient in cardiac arrest in hopes of getting the heart to beat normally.

But over the past five years there have been 68 recalls of these devices.

The FDA has also received more than 23-thousand reports of malfunctions.

It is asking for stricter standards and regular inspections of the devices.