holidays abroad still take monitor with me

just wondered if after all of this covid 19 palava is done and dusted, if i was to go abroad for a holiday would i have to pack my bed side monitor with me,it came with its own wifi dongle but im lead to believe it is a uk based provider, im eager to find out if i would ahve to take it with me or not. has anyone had issues like this ?


Monitoring while away from home

by Gemita - 2020-10-06 12:15:42

Hello Phonic,

Firstly you should always let your hospital know when you will be away and seek their advice as regards sending transmissions.  

Is your hospital monitoring you nightly, or periodically ?  If nightly, they might want to continue to do so.   If you plan to be away for longer than a few weeks, I would take your bedside monitor with you and continue to send transmissions.  If on the other hand you are only away for a few days or up to a week and your clinic is happy for you to do so, I would leave the monitor at home.  

I have a Medtronic pacemaker and I took my My Care Link bedside monitor (telephone) with me on holiday to Italy and France a few years ago and it worked very well.  It really depends how long you plan to be away and whether or not your clinic needs to monitor you during the period.   

Often monitoring is not needed 24/7, particularly once our heart condition is well controlled by our pacemakers or medication.  Additionally if your transmissions are only required say every 3 months, 6 months or annually, then a short break will not cause a problem, especially if you let your clinic know the dates when you will be away from home.

Monitoring away from home

by Aberdeen - 2020-10-06 15:13:29

I have a Medtronic bedside monitor too. I asked if I should take it on holiday with me. (When we can go again!) I send a reading once a month or if I felt unwell.     

I was told if I unplugged it the settings would be lost and just to leave it at home.I think you should ask your pacemaker clinic about it.



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