iPad can disable implanted defibrillators and cause death




iPad can disable implanted defibrillators and cause death

implanted defibrillator

14-year-old first-year student from Colorado found that the iPad 2 tablet computer of Apple , may adversely affect the operation of implanted medical devices that stimulate the heart, the newspaper writes Bloomberg. Results of the study were published this week in the conference, Heart Rhythm Society in Denver, USA.

In the study, Gianna Chen revealed that the built-in iPad 2 magnets may interfere with the operation of defibrillators, cardiac muscle stimulant pulse of electric current. This should serve as a serious warning for people with heart rhythm disorders, using such devices, says John Day, head of the cardiology department of the Intermountain Medical Center (Intermountain Medical Center) in the Murray, Utah, USA.

If you sleep with the iPad 2 on the chest, the magnets in the tablet could “accidentally switch off” built into the body of a defibrillator that is activated when the heart stops.

I certainly think about it everyone should know. So I present this work – Chen said.

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The study helped the girl’s father, who works doctor.

For security purposes, any defibrillator can be turned off by the magnets. In the iPad 2 they abound. To keep the Smart Cover is used thirty magnets. But at the same time their thickness is not sufficient to disable the medical device, holding the plate against the chest. More dangerous to sleep with him on the body.

A spokesman for Apple Trudy Muller declined to comment on the statement a 14-year old student, referring to the user manual, which describes the security of the iPad 2. The instructions to the tablet, Apple warns users of radio frequency interference. If we stick to her advice, the tablet must be kept at a distance of not less than 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) of pacemakers. According to the instructions, the tablet can be used in institutions such as health, provided that it is not prohibited by internal regulations.

The study involved 26 volunteers with implanted defibrillators. In 30 percent of cases cut off the iPad 2 medical device. After removal of the magnets with breast certain types of pacemakers returned to normal operation, while others remained off.

Medtronic, a leading manufacturer of defibrillators, says that if you use the plates according to the manufacturer, that is not to place the magnet near the site of pacemaker implantation , everything will be fine.
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