battery backup

here in Fl  with maybe a hurricance is approaching.  Do not have pacemaker monitor yet, but was wondering what happens if the power goes out.  Does it come with a battery backup.?  How does one go about tranmitting the info.?


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power outage

by islandgirl - 2019-08-28 22:03:29

My ICD is downloaded sometime in the wee hours of the morning and I transmit weekly.  Occasionally my EP will download it as well, as I get a text when it is downloaded.  I don't worry about the power outages from storms....nothing I can do.  Unplug it and plug it back in when the power is back on.  Call you ep's office if you have concerns.

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by Gotrhythm - 2019-08-29 15:13:28

My monitor does not have battery backup. No electricity, no monitor. With no electricity no data transmission is possible.

I have mine plugged into a surge protector, but in a situation like a hurricane where power interrruption was predictable, I would probably just unplug it until the power came back on. I don't worry about not being able to transmit. Not at all.

Here's something to think about. You don't have a monitor now and are getting along without it. How different would your life be if you had had a monitor but had to to live without it for a few days--or a week or two--because there was no electricity?

 

no idea

by Tracey_E - 2019-08-30 10:30:09

We don't need the monitor every day so it doesn't much matter if it's out of power for a few days or longer. 

They vary how they transmit the data. My Merlin plugs in but transmits using cellular. Regular checks are automated, it happens when I'm asleep. If i want to initiate a download, I hit the button then sit within 10' of the box until it stops blinking and beeping at me. 

Stay safe! This morning's update showed landfall in my town, party time. 

 

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