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Letter to the Editor| Volume 145, ISSUE 3, P529-530, December 03, 2010

Effectiveness and feasibility of a transtelephonic monitoring program: Implications for a time of crisis

      Following cardiac pacemaker implantation it is standard practice to establish a follow-up program in order to detect signs that may indicate battery depletion or pacemaker malfunction [
      • Platt S.
      • Furman S.
      • Gross J.N.
      • Andrews C.
      • Benedek M.
      Transtelephonic monitoring for pacemaker follow-up 1981–1994.
      ,
      • Fox S.A.
      • Mackenzie L.
      • Flemming J.M.
      • Warren A.E.
      The effectiveness of transtelephonic monitoring of pacemaker function in pediatric patients.
      ,
      • Gessman L.J.
      • Vielbig R.E.
      • Waspe L.E.
      • Moss L.
      • Damm D.
      • Sundeen F.
      Accuracy and clinical utility of transtelephonic pacemaker follow-up.
      ,
      • Federico A.J.
      • Giori F.
      • Bhayana J.N.
      • Chardack W.M.
      • Michalek S.
      Instrumentation for the follow-up of pacemade patients. Telephone transmission of the electrocardiogram and self-check by the patient on pacemaker function and capture.
      ,
      • Dreifus L.S.
      • Zinberg A.
      • Hurzeler P.
      • et al.
      Transtelephonic monitoring of 25, 919 implanted pacemakers.
      ,
      • Parsonnet V.
      • Myers G.H.
      • Gilbert L.
      • Zucker I.R.
      • Shilling E.
      Follow-up of implanted pacemakers.
      ,
      • Furman S.
      • Escher D.J.W.
      Transtelephonic pacemaker monitoring.
      ]. This follow-up program ensures patient welfare and is chiefly performed in-person; supplemented with a transtelephonic monitoring program (TTM). A TTM contact consists of an ECG transmitted via a telephone from the patient's home, evaluation of sensing and captures capabilities, and a magnetic estimation of the battery status [
      • Platt S.
      • Furman S.
      • Gross J.N.
      • Andrews C.
      • Benedek M.
      Transtelephonic monitoring for pacemaker follow-up 1981–1994.
      ,
      • Fox S.A.
      • Mackenzie L.
      • Flemming J.M.
      • Warren A.E.
      The effectiveness of transtelephonic monitoring of pacemaker function in pediatric patients.
      ,
      • Fraser J.D.
      • Gillis A.M.
      • Irwin M.E.
      • Nishimuar S.
      • Tyers G.F.
      • Philippon F.
      Guidelines for pacemaker follow-up in Canada: a consensus statement of the Canadian working group on cardiac pacing.
      ,
      • Shaw G.B.
      • Evans A.L.
      • Brewster G.M.
      • Groden B.M.
      • Murdoch W.R.
      Telephone monitoring of patients with pacemakers in the west of Scotland.
      ,
      • Goldman B.S.
      • Nishimura S.
      • Lau C.
      Survey of cardiac pacing in Canada (1993).
      ].

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