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Nov222010

Defibrillators Can Be Recycled after Resterilizaton, Researchers Say

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Researchers have recently discovered that implantable cardioverter defibrillators can be removed from patients no longer needing them and reimplanted into other patients, provided that they have sufficient battery life, according to MedPage Today.

A recent test resulted in a 35-percent success rate in the procedure, reported Dr. Behzad Pavri of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia at an American Heart Association meeting.

To date, infectious complications from the procedure, which requires that patient data be erased from the devices before sterilization and repackaging, have not been reported. 

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