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Dysfunction of phrenic pacemakers induced by metallic rescue blankets.
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PMID:  11270707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Phrenic pacing can restore diaphragmatic contractions in patients with central respiratory paralysis. It relies on radiofrequency transmission of energy from an external unit to implanted receivers through circular coil antennas. The case of a patient is reported in whom severe hypoventilation occurred following the use of a metallic rescue blanket. The phenomenon was confirmed in two subsequent patients and during benchmark tests. Possible mechanisms include reflection and diffusion of high frequency waves by a Faraday-like effect. Patients with implanted devices relying on telemetric control or powering, and their care givers, should be warned against the use of metallic rescue sheets.
N Boissel; L Väänänen; J Michoux; C Straus; M Fartoukh; J P Derenne; P P Talonen; T Similowski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0147-8389     ISO Abbreviation:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  2001 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-28     Completed Date:  2001-07-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803944     Medline TA:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  241-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Service de Pneumologic et Réanimation, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtric e, Assistance Publique-H pitaux de Paris, France.
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MeSH Terms
Bedding and Linens
Electric Stimulation Therapy / instrumentation*
Hypothermia / prevention & control
Hypoventilation / etiology*
Phrenic Nerve*
Respiratory Paralysis / therapy
Transportation of Patients
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