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Common Radio Frequency Tag Readers Might Trouble Pacemakers
Date:1/8/2010

urrent situation reveals an urgent public health risk," study author Seth J. Seidman, a research electrical engineer for the FDA's Center for Devices of Radiological Health, said in a news release from the society. "However, we are concerned that the continued proliferation of RFID without taking electromagnetic interference into consideration could cause clinically significant events for patients."

The new study echoes a report published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in which Dutch researchers found that RFID devices might throw off medical equipment in hospitals.

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Find out more about pacemakers at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.



-- E.J. Mundell



SOURCE: Heart Rhythm Society, news release, Jan. 8, 2010


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