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Simple hand-held metal detectors are an effective means of detecting cardiac pacemakers in the deceased prior to cremation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20360143     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The hazard of undetected cardiac pacemakers exploding in crematoria is well described. This short report describes the use of an affordable hand-held metal detector to detect cardiac pacemakers. Over the course of a year, the metal detector located 100% of cardiac pacemakers in a district general hospital mortuary. A simple model using pigskin and fat is also used to demonstrate the effectiveness in vitro. Commercially purchased hand-held metal detectors should be used in all mortuaries responsible for detection and removal of cardiac pacemakers prior to cremation.
Jason Lyle Stone; John Williams; Lesley Fearn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical pathology     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1472-4146     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Clin. Pathol.     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-26     Completed Date:  2010-09-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376601     Medline TA:  J Clin Pathol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  463-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Histopathology, Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Doncaster DN2 5LT, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Explosions / prevention & control*
Metals / analysis*
Models, Anatomic
Mortuary Practice / instrumentation*,  methods
Pacemaker, Artificial*
Safety Management / methods
Sus scrofa
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