Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Reutilization

Battery Life of Explanted Devices at a Tertiary Care Center

Lindsey Gakenheimer, B.S.; Joshua Romero, M.D.; Timir S. Baman, M.D.; Dan Montgomery, B.S.; Cydni A. Smith, B.A.; Hakan Oral, M.D.; Kim A. Eagle, M.D.; Thomas Crawford, M.D.


Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2014;37(5):569-575. 

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A large percentage of CIEDs explanted at tertiary care centers have ample battery life remaining. These devices could be reutilized to patients in developing nations who cannot afford a device. To ensure that devices can safely be reused, a clinical trial should be performed, testing the safety of the refurbished devices immediately after implantation and at 6-month follow-up. If successful, device reutilization has the potential to save thousands of patients currently perishing due to inaccessibility to a currently wasted resource.