The two takeaway’s I gleaned from this article on the Cameron ‘semi-implantable’ defibrillator that’s currently undergoing FDA approval for sale in the US are;

U.S. medical device reviewers said the first defibrillator designed to be implanted directly under the skin may cause more infections, and work less quickly, than similar devices implanted in the heart, raising doubts that Cameron Health Inc’s novel product would attract patients.


But the device reviewers said they would not approve it until the company resolved issues with a battery that depletes earlier than it should.

There’s already been numerous reported issues with external devices in the US where the batteries were either depleted prematurely, or where people / businesses had bought defibs and have not paid enough attention to the battery levels until it was too late, therefore leaving insufficient charge.

I certainly suggest to anyone who will listen that they need to subscribe to the FDA’s recall alerts, particularly when it comes to defibrillators and other medical devices.

(Via Chicago Tribune.)

Boston Scientific has disclosed that a rare malfunction in a part used with two types of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) has caused one death.


“However, an electrical component referred to as a ‘transformer’ has exhibited an identifiable pattern of malfunction that has occurred at a low rate (currently 26 out of 233,000, or 1 out of every 8,900 devices implanted),” the update stated.


The malfunction caused “a sudden heating sensation to the implant site” in some cases, and one death, according to the company.

Boston Scientific is not planning to change the label on the device, is not recommending that physicians make and changes, and said this is not a recall.

I always wonder how they determine whether or not a recall needs to be issued, i.e. how many deaths does it take?

In August 1767 a few wealthy and civic-minded citizens in Amsterdam gathered to form the Society for Recovery of Drowned Persons. This society was the first organised effort to respond to sudden death.
Within 4 years of its founding, the society in Amsterdam claimed that 150 persons were saved by their recommendations. Their techniques involved a range of methods to stimulate the body. The members of the society recommended:

  1. Warming the victim
  2. Removing swallowed or aspirated water by positioning the victim’s head lower than feet
  3. Applying manual pressure to the abdomen
  4. Respirations in to the victim’s mouth, either using a bellows or with a mouth-to-mouth method (mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nostril respiration is described including the advice that “a cloth or handkerchief may be used to render the operation less indelicate”)
  5. Tickling the victim’s throat
  6. ‘Stimulating’ the victim by such means as rectal and oral fumigation with tobacco smoke. This may seem very unusual in modern times, however it may have been that the nicotine was enough of a stimulant to engender a response in the “almost” dead
  7. Bloodletting

The first four of these techniques (or variations of them) are still in use today, whereas the last three are now out of line with modern medical thinking. However, regardless of the scientific merit of these techniques, it started a collective belief that resuscitation was possible, and the suddenly dead could be revived.

Fortunately things have changed a little since the 18th century, and resuscitation techniques have significantly improved in the last couple of hundred years.

The new plastic display has a resolution of 1024×768 and is six inches across the diagonal, which is comparable to the Kindle and Nook. Because it’s made of plastic and not glass, though, the LG display is half the weight (14g) and 30% thinner (0.7mm) than a comparable, glass e-ink panel

How cool are these things! So I’m guessing we might see this in iPad 6, or soon there after.

While the system was already FDA approved for bridging the period to transplant, the designation means it can now also be used in end-stage heart failure patients not eligible for cardiac transplantation as a permanent solution for the rest of their lives.

This is pretty amazing technology, basically it allows you to live without a heart…well, a human heart at least.

Traveling internationally with an iPhone can be extremely expensive. Even if you arrange for an international plan with your provider, it’s possible to find a staggering bill at the end of the month. Your best bet is to disable cellular data and restrict Internet access to Wi-Fi, but how can you be sure you’ve set your iPhone up properly? It’s easy with Airplane Mode and the Wi-Fi settings.

Handy tip from Dave Caolo on how to avoid great big roaming charges on your iPhone. I actually didn’t know you could enable Airplane Mode, but still have Wi-Fi turned on…I guess it makes sense when you consider you can have inflight Wi-Fi on some flights now, it just never clicked in my head.

In an embarassing gaffe, Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for the A-League grand final’s best player after it was mistakenly awarded to Brisbane Roar playmaker Thomas Broich.

The A League is just going from strength to strength.

This incident just tops off a debacle of a season where we saw Gold Coast FC stripped of their license due to the outspoken nature of their owner, the Newcastle Jets handing back their license because of not being able to reach decent terms with the FFA, the Central Coast Mariners not making the Grand Final because of bad refereeing (the ref admitted after the game that he got it wrong), the Brisbane Roar winning the Grand Final on the back of a wrongly called penalty….and then something as simple as tallying votes correctly get’s all screwed up.

You’ve gotta feel for the Glory here.