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F.D.A. Seeks to Toughen Defibrillator Regulations
New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it was moving to toughen regulation of the industry that produces heart defibrillators — devices that are used to jolt a failing heart back into its regular rhythm — after tens of thousands of malfunctions and hundreds of deaths in recent years.

In one case, a nurse was trying to hook up a defibrillator to a patient in cardiac arrest when its electronic screen read “memory full” and then shut down, according to one example provided by the F.D.A.

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