Meditronic MyCareLink

  • by Choco
  • 2021-08-11 11:37:31
  • ICDs

My Carelink monitor has been unplugged, no power,  for about six months -  got accidentally switched off and I didn't notice.

Today the hospital called, they'd tried to get a reading but of course couldn't.

So I plugged the monitor in and it's connected but it seems the reader isn't working. I get error message 3230 and none of the three display lights on the reader is working.

aDoes this mean the reader battery is totally flat?  Will it recharge?


That's a really good question

by AgentX86 - 2021-08-11 11:52:07

I took the puck off the cradle and threw it in a drawer because the damn thing keep me up flashing (brightly). I was wondering what would happen the next time I use it.

Antway, apparently that error code can be ambiguous (not surprisingly since the whole thing was designed by absolute morons). To decode it, there are other indicators. See:


That's a really good question #2

by Theknotguy - 2021-08-11 12:55:10

Like AgentX86 said, the entire thing was designed by absolute morons.  Actually it was medical people trying to explain things to computer people and neither side was trying to get it right.  They got something to work and then quit.  

I had to unplug mine, then called Medtronic.  Replacement unit didn't work.  Then got into an argument about whether I broke it or not.  Finally ended up sending everything back to Medtronic.  Called my EP's office and told 'em I'd have to go in and have things checked.  After nine months called my EP's office and asked them if I'd ever get a check.  "Oh, yeah, we forgot!".  

You can call Medtronic and request a replacement and see if that will work NOOB (New Out Of the Box) but don't hold your breath as the people sending out the replacement unit don't know a thing about it either.  Since my pacemaker is coming up for replacement I'm waiting on a new unit with the new pacemaker.  But  I don't expect miracles.  You may just have to go back to going into the EP's office each time for a checkup.  Sorry 'bout that.  


by ROBO Pop - 2021-08-11 19:28:39

Careful. I'm one of those morons who designed built and programmed medical equipment. Vis a vis the name


by AgentX86 - 2021-08-11 21:46:57

MyCareLinks aren't medical equipment. They're landfill refugees.


by islandgirl - 2021-08-11 22:36:43

I just called as my reader was not working.  I received the replacement reader in 2 days even though they told me it would take 7-10 days.  Put readier on base and worked right away.  I returned the old reader in box with return label.

Medtronic reader

by Choco - 2021-08-12 15:24:21

Thanks for the replies.   After well over 24 hours the reader is showing some response, there's a solid blue light. No green light, no amber light. It seems the reader battery is still charging.

I live in Spain, superb Public Health Service here. I get the same cardio team that a friend pays a lot of money for.

So....if the reader isn't sufficiently charged by tomorrow I guess I'll shave to get a replacement from the hospital.

Error code is now 3248 and shows reader battery is recharging.

After several months it probably discharged totally.

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