Apple Provides New Medical Device Cautions

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Mark Meer

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...they placed an iPhone 12 over the heart of a patient with a Medtronic implanted cardioverter-defibrillator. They reported that the device’s operations were suspended every time. ...
Granted this is a single case, so maybe there are some undisclosed complicating/explanatory details...but how does this happen? Both devices (the iPhone & defibrillator) were presumably subject to applicable EMC standards. Is this an indication that the emission standards for consumer electronics (e.g. iPhone) and/or the immunity standards for medical devices need to be stricter?

Given I haven't heard much more, I assume this isn't that big a deal? That said, that's a pretty big list of totally ubiquitous Apple products (iPhone, iPad, AirPods, AppleWatch, MacBook,...). I don't know that you could realistically keep these away from medical devices in this day-and-age....
 

Jaydub

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I was working with some engineers from a pacemaker manufacturer today doing, coincidentally, magnetic field immunity testing. The testing we were doing was AC magnetic field immunity above and beyond regulatory requirements. I asked them about this story. They said that pacemakers and implantable defibrillators have sensors that allow a doctor to place a magnet over the device, which puts it into a safe state. This is a particularly important feature in defibrillators. The response to magnets described in the article is as intended.
 
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