Thief-stoppers jam pacemakers, shockers
Antitheft gates that electromagnetically scan customers can throw off cardiac pacemakers and spark unnecessary shocks from defibrillators.
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McIvor, M.E., and S. Sridhar. 1998. Interactions between cardiac pacemakers and antishoplifting security systems. New England Journal of Medicine 339(Nov. 5):1394.
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Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
101 Wolf Drive
P.O. Box 188
Thorofare, NJ 08086
J. Warren Harthorne
Massachusetts General Hospital
Cardiac Unit, CC 478
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Michael E. McIvor
Heart Institute of St. Petersburg
603 Seventh Street South, Suite 400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Peter A. Santucci
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center
Section of Cardiology
1753 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
Sensormatic Electronics Corporation
951 Yamato Road
P.O. Box 310700
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0700
Douglas P. Zipes
Indiana University School of Medicine
Krannert Institute of Cardiology, KI-A307
1111 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-4800
From Science News, Vol. 154, No. 19, November 7,
1998, p. 294.
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