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Effects of House Arrest Monitors on St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardiac Rhythm Devices

Background

A house arrest monitor is a device worn around the wrist or ankle (commonly called a tether) that individuals under house arrest are often required to wear. The house arrest monitor sends a radio frequency signal containing location and other information to a receiver. One such device made by Digital Products Corp has a radio frequency power of150 mW at a frequency of 314 MHz. If an offender moves outside of an allowed range, law enforcement will be notified.

Potential effects

Under normal operating conditions, house arrest monitors should not cause interference with the performance of St. Jude Medical pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). A search of literature showed no reports of any interference.

Recommendations

Although we can not guarantee the effect of any house arrest monitor on a pacemaker or ICD, we do not anticipate any interference.

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact St. Jude Medical Technical Services at 800-722-3774.

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