"Medtronic suspends sale of heart device"

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071015/..._suspension_dc


    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Medtronic Inc. said on Monday it voluntarily suspended the sale of a group of heart implant devices, saying the equipment may have contributed to five patient deaths.


    Not sure what to think about this....one place I used to work implanted a lot of these devices.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   zuku26
    Your telling me, I worked in a Cath Lab and EP lab that some weeks did 5-10 of these a day!!!! Talk about scary
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Thanks for posting that. I have a family member who has a Medtronic pacer. I'll follow up.
  5. by   Diary/Dairy
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071016/...WIM2yzlDes0NUE

    MINNEAPOLIS - A man who claims he received 47 unneeded jolts from his implanted defibrillator is suing Medtronic over the broken wires the company is recalling.

    I think I'd be upset over 47 shocks as well, since I hear they are painful....
  6. by   banditrn
    Oh, great! They also made the implant I have in my brain for essential tremors. It worked for awhile then quit working!
  7. by   Angie O'Plasty
    Shocking! (Sorry, couldn't resist the bad pun). I passed the info on to a friend in my church who has a Medtronic ICD, and it turns out she does have one of the affected leads so she's going to call her EP's office and find out what they recommend (I think what they do is program the ICD to sound an alarm if it detects a lead problem).

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