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14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Could Shut Off Implanted Defibrillators

Do you remember the story of Jack Andraka? It seems this is going to be a trend now. A 14-year-old teenager in the US discovered that the magnets inside an iPad could shut off implanted defibrillators if the device is left on the chest for some time.

Chien’s study found that 30 percent of patients with defibrillators who put iPads on their chest were affected by the device. Most defibrillators will turn back on once the magnet is removed, but some must be reactivated manually causing a potentially life-threatening situation.

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  1. Anonymous #

    This bring us to consider the essential ítem of magnetic interacction in and out of hospitals if mHealth is widespread used. Analysis and regulations have to be in place.

    May 11, 2013

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