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Re: [IPk] pump interferences

Thanks John!
I didn't think there was a risk really in the ambulance but looking at all
these electronic things on the shelves like the blood pressure machines and
resucitation equip I just wondered.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Neale" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2005 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [IPk] pump interferences

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> >I know x-rays are not a good idea, yet I understand we can pass through
> >airport security without any problems. (I hope so as I shall be going
> >this year). Does anybody have some kind of list of things we must watch
> >for? I do worry that I already take my pump for granted, and was
> >about even travelling in an ambulance with my daughter this week when she
> >rushed to hospital and I saw all this equipment in the back and didn't
> >what sort of 'waves' they emitted!
> >Please put my mind at rest,
> Michele -
> I have no list, but I have suffered catastrophic failure of my pump:
> it happened just after I was rushed into hospital and put in an MRI
> scanner (=enormous magnetic waves. Harmless to humans, but blows up
> electric circuitry). The pump went splat (as did I nearly, but that
> was the result of a brain tumour!). Nothing to be seen on screen. No
> sign of life in the pump. The pump was repaired - but I don't know
> who paid: MiniMed as part of their general maintenance? My health
> insurers? Or the hospital as the pump should never have gone in the
> machine in the first place? My own concern at the time was the saving
> of my life, and the hospital preferred to put me back on injections,
> so I left it all in their hands.
> I have MRI scans now every 3 months, and have since seen notices on
> the door: tell staff if you wear a pacemaker or insulin pump. I leave
> the pump in the anti-room.
> Pumps are designed to be used the real world. If your watch will
> survive, your pump should survive as well. Being put through a
> scanner in hospital is an unusual situation. I'd be surprised if
> sitting in an ambulance exposed you to dangerous conditions.
> Just my thoughts :-)
> John
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