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.
Fill in the Blanks: Q: “The diagnosis of type 2 MI is associated with a _____ prognosis. ___% of patients will live five years after their diagnosis.” The answer is a) POOR and b) a staggering 40%. I did not know that. However, what I am aware of is the ambiguity around Type 2 MIs and […]
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 […]