An abstract presented this weekend at the AHA meeting (abstract) found that 23% of pacer and defibrillator devices dysfunctioned when placed in close proximity (<2cm) to ipod headphones. Those headphones with higher magnetic strength were more likely to cause a problem (EM strength in the headphones tested varied from 0-20 gauss, listed by brand in the abstract). They found no device dysfunction with headphones >3cm away from the device. The authors recommend keeping ipod headphones at least 3cm away from these devices, which given this study, seems like a very reasonable suggestion.
What comes to mind when you think of getting CME? I bet most of you would say sitting in an auditorium, whether that be during your local grand rounds or at our professional society meeting, like Hospital Medicine 16 in sunny San Diego this past March. Hanging out in the Twitterverse? Probably not so much… […]
As a nurse practitioner in hospital medicine I have multiple opportunities to interact with all sorts of physician hospitalist colleagues, hospital medicine group leaders, quality officers etc. Often their interactions with me take on a certain wary curiosity, like I am some exotic monkey or another creature that is unfamiliar to them. If I am […]
By reading the headlines recently, practitioners would not know if they saved or tanked the healthcare system. One day disaster looms, the next we have moderated growth and business can continue as usual (and by business, I mean doing the correct things correctly). A new study, along with some recent data, helps shed some light […]