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Bookmouse

Thanks all.


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lil ~ Auntie Giggles with added login ~ returned


Well done! smiley - applause

smiley - bubbly


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Post 43

Z

Indeed this is bookmouse's entry not mine. Unless of course the well done was relating to the Jumpstarting/temporary pacing saga.

Both patient and car are doing very well...


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Post 44

anne-o-mally

Well done Bookmouse, nice one smiley - bubbly


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Post 45

Gnomon - time to move on

I'm sub-editing the entry on Pacemakers now. If you're still subscribed to this conversation, can you answer a question - when you say the pacemaker is installed intravenously, do you mean that the electrodes and wires from the pacemaker to the heart are installed intravenously? THe device itself is much too big to fit in a vein. Where do they put it?


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Post 46

Bookmouse

It's the wires that are inserted intravaenously. The pacemaker is inserted into a pocket of flesh near the left collarbone. Sorry if that's not clear.


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Post 47

Gnomon - time to move on

Does that show up as a giant lump on the outside, then?


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Post 48

Z

You can feel a lump about the size of a matchbox under the skin. It's not that noticeable on bigger people, but very noticeable on skinny people. it is usually on the left but if the site at the left gets infected then they can be done on the right.

With a tempory pacemaker the wires come out of the patient and are attacted to a pacing box by the bed


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Post 49

Bookmouse

Thanks, Dr Zen. I am sort of medium sized and (as far as I can tell) you can't see my pacemaker from the outside, although it can be felt if you press in the right place(s)!

Gnomon, the pacemaker is very small really. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.


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Post 50

Gnomon - time to move on

I'm just seeking medical advice before changing this:

"The patient will be asked not to keep their left arm as still as possible "

I presume that should be "be asked to keep..."

smiley - smiley


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Post 51

Bookmouse

Yes. Sorry! smiley - erm


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Post 52

Gnomon - time to move on

The Entry is ready now at A63744654. Would you like to look over it before I return it to the Editors?

The main changes I made to it were the first section, where I made it clearer where the pacemaker goes, and the implantation procedure, where it sounded as if the pacemaker itself was threaded through the veins.


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Post 53

Bookmouse

Hi Gnomon,

It looks great, thanks! The only thing I would say is that the pacemaker is not "covered by a flap of skin". The skin is not cut to be a flap, it's just an incision wherein the pacemaker is put and pushed into place. Well, this is what I think and have assumed through my own experience as a patient. Dr Z may disagree with me! Perhaps I am just being too fussy about the wording...


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Gnomon - time to move on

OK, I've removed the phrase about the flap of skin.


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Post 55

Bookmouse

It looks fine now. Thanks!


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