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All these recent developments, along with additional improvements such as longer battery life, suppression of environmental noise, whisper mode and built-in telephone coil have led to a better social integration of the deaf patients. A British study published in 2005 showed that 29 out of 30 patients have used their implant with unimpaired sound perception quality, and only few surgical revisions, for 10 to 14 years. All patients were socially integrated and working or in higher education (4 undergraduate, 2 graduate students) (Beadle et al. 2005a).
Pacemaker leads have also undergone important technological advances. Pacing leads have either passive (e.g., tines) or active (e.g., screw-in devices at the tip) fixation mechanisms to prevent dislodgment. There are small pacing electrodes that increase impedance, minimizing current drain and prolonging battery life. Most pacing electrodes contain steroid-eluting reservoirs that decrease inflammation and fibrosis at the electrode-tissue interface, with a resulting reduction in the chronic pacing threshold. Currently under development are single leads that will allow pacing and sensing in both the atrium and ventricle, which would simplify implantation and reduce cost.
The accuracy of intraesophageal pH monitoring will improve as longer monitoring periods become the norm with increased battery capacity of these devices. Furthermore, the patient acceptance of this technique will become substantially better with the tubeless capsule systems that are becoming increasingly available. However, the real advance in physiologic testing of the GERD patient will likely come with improvements in and increased availability of esophageal impedance testing.1 Impedance testing not only detects acid reflux events but also detects nonacidic reflux events as well,
Interaction with the stimulator becomes feasible through an external device which communicates with the implanted stimulator by means of a wireless connection. Thereby it is possible to vary different stimulation parameters (frequency, amplitude, pulse width etc.), to change the separate electrical contacts into anode, cathode or neutral and to obtain the history of the stimulation and the battery life. Radio-frequency systems, which obviate the need to replace the stimulator once the battery is empty, also exist, but are no longer frequently used because with this system an antenna is stuck to the skin on top of the implanted stimulator. This antenna is connected to an external stimulator via a wire. The patient can then only receive stimulation when carrying the external stimulator, wire and antenna, meaning that stimulation cannot be continued, for example, when bathing or swimming. It may also lead to skin irritation above the implanted stimulator....
Tuberculosis is a well-known re-emerging disease. Fifteen years ago, public health officials were convinced that tuberculosis would soon disappear as a major health consideration in the United States. Then, because of a number of events, including the AIDS epidemic, thousands of infected individuals developed TB strains resistant to the conventional battery of antibiotics. These individuals then passed on the newly emerged, antibiotic-resistant strains of M. tuberculosis to others. While the rate of infection with M. tuberculosis in the United States increased sharply during the early part of the 1990s, by 1995 the incidence had begun to decline again. However, the worldwide incidence of the disease is still in
In general, ICD pulse generators have 3-6-yr longevity depending on usage. The programmer allows evaluation of battery status. As the device approaches the elective replacement interval (ERI), follow-up visits should be intensified. In general, once the device reaches ERI, it will operate normally for at least 3 mo, depending upon frequency of therapy. Capacitor deformation occurs during periods when no shocks are delivered, and will result in longer charge times as well as decreased battery longevity. Current ICDs perform an automatic capacitor re-formation that charges the capacitors and delivers the energy to an internal test load. This function improves subsequent charge times and battery longevity. Capacitor re-formations should be conducted manually every 3-6 mo if they are not automatically conducted.
Technical problems due to the limited life of batteries. The most important problem the Leuven-Antwerp team was confronted with initially was the battery power source of the stimulation devices. It needed to be replaced surgically every four to twelve months. This kind of surgery can be undertaken as outpatient treatment and under local anaesthetic, but puts the patient at risk of infections and can damage the extension cables. In patients 7, 9 and 10 the amplitudes employed approached the level of amplitudes used for the electrical brain stimulation in movement disorders and chronic pain. However, it is too early to state that the battery problem has been solved. On the other hand, Medtronic Inc. has built a stimulator with a rechargeable battery, which is being tested in patients with chronic neuropathic pain, and which could be recharged by wearing a belt now and then for a period of around six hours, and which may, according to the manufacturer, have a life span of nine years....
The pressure transmitters have been calibrated by the manufacturer and have a continuous-use battery life up to 6 mo for rat BP implants and up to 2 mo for mouse BP implants. However, since the battery power can be switched off using a magnet, battery life of the implant can be considerably extended.
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