Today's The Journal of the American Medical Association includes a study that points to the possible dangerous effect of RFID devices on critical care medical equipment. The physician authors concluded that these devices resulted in "potentially hazardous incidents" in medical devices in a controlled nonclinical setting. It also suggested onsite EMI testing be conducted when using RFID devices in a critical care environment, along with updating international standards.

June 25, 2008

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RFID Devices Might Cause Medical Equipment to Malfunction

"The intensity of electronic life-supporting medical devices in this area requires careful management of the introduction of new wireless communications such as RFID," the authors note. Devices that were tested included external pacemakers, defibrillators, infusion pumps, anesthesia devices, and mechanical ventilators. The tests were performed in a nonclinical setting, and incidents of EMI were put into categories of hazardous, significant, or light.

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