Continuity of Care during pacemaker checks
I recently had a pacemaker check, which I will do a separate post on. May I ask, do you usually see the same pacemaker technician, once you have found one that you can work with?
My recent pacemaker check started me thinking about what I should expect at a follow up. Although published some years ago, I found the attached link well worth a read:-
Like most medical interventions, pacemaker follow up has to be tailored to suit the individual. One important principle of pacemaker follow up mentioned in the link was to provide patient support and education, see Table 1.
In my hospital, my device follow up is performed by a different technician each time, although all are experienced, fully qualified cardiac physiologists. Even though the device follow-up still remains the responsibility of my consultant EP, the pacemaker technician seems to be more than qualified to make changes to my settings without any input from my EP and certainly does.
May I ask, do you feel you are being fully supported when you see your pacemaker technician, or do you struggle to be heard or to get advice on your settings? What has been your experience during your pacemaker checks and are there any improvements/changes you would you like to see happen during a routine follow up?
Personally I would like to see more “continuity of care”, to be able to see the same technician at each visit. This would help to build trust and provide reassurance that I am being followed up by a clinician who knows me best.
I will be discussing this with my consultant EP when I see him, but would like to get some feedback from you all. Many thanks
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