I have a freind who is an electrician.
He has just got a new Pacemaker and is worried about what jobs that he
can do with the pacemaker.
What are the limitations?
Is he stuck doing residential work?
Please help, this is a new situation for us to deal with.
Thanks in advance
Just don't try arc welding, leaning over a running engine and anything which
has a large electric field, oh, and don't forget to keep your mobile phone
in your trouser pocket. The literature supplied with the pace maker should
outline the do's and don'ts.
From what I have read, he can probably do anything, as long as he does not
work with high frequency communications equipment, work where there are very
strong magnetic fields, and work in very high voltage fields. I also read
that it is advisable to not put a cell phone too close to it, and not to go
very close to a microwave oven.
If he enquires to the manufacture of the pacemaker, they can advise him
officially. This would be the best action I would take.
What does the doctor say? You must be a wonderful friend in that you have
to deal with his situation.
Donald L. Phillips, Jr., P.E.
Worthington Engineering, Inc.
145 Greenglade Avenue
Worthington, OH 43085-2264
(remove NS to use the address)
I have had an ELA brand pacemaker for about 2 years now, and I
routinely use my amateur radio 144 (50W) and 440 (35W) MHz transceiver
in the car, with the antenna on the trunk lid. A friend measured the
field strength at my driver's seat and found that it was about 5% of
the recommended maximum field strength for human exposure (the only
calibration on his instrument).
I routinely do household wiring projects, and I work as an electrical
engineer. I have never had cause to worry about the operation of the
device. Kudo's to ELA. :-)
I do listen to the warning that magnets should be avoided, and I don't
go through the metal detector at the airports. The pacer technician
has demonstrated to me that the device is turned off by magnetic
fields, which he uses when it is necessary to monitor my natural
As far as asking the doctor, you will be surprised at how little
technical information the doctor knows. As far as the device is
concerned, the doctor is little more than a sales agent. This is not
surprising since his field is medicine, not electronics. You might as
well discuss field strength and electromagnetic susceptibility with a
grocery store clerk.