working as a nurse with a pacemaker

My daughter will be having a PM inplanted in March (I am not sure what type as yet). She is an RN and I was just wondering if she will still be able to work in the hospital on her Med Surg Floor, being that there is a lot of lifting and pulling with her post op patients


4 Comments

yes

by Tracey_E - 2019-02-01 12:07:38

She'll probably need a full 6 weeks off or light duty, but after that she should be able to do whatever she wants. 

WORK

by Gary L - 2019-02-01 12:26:03

Everyone has a different set of circumstances; but after "recovery" she should be able to do her daily duties.

Nursing and having a pacemaker.

by Selwyn - 2019-02-02 08:56:19

Once she has full use of the arm and the scar is healed, she will be fully fit for nursing duties. 

I have spent the afternoon tugging some rather heavy Australians out of deep snow in Japan whilst snow shoeing, mainly by putting my arms around them and lifting from behind, in the classic medical lift. 

Anybody with a pacemaker should not be going near to some active medical equipment without seeking medical advice- such equipment includes MRI scanners and radiotherapy machines. 

Magnetic

by Jimmy Dinfla - 2019-02-03 05:06:53

In addition to the preceding comments, the device will have a manual that should list things to be careful around, like magnetic fields etc.  Recommend she also ask the cardiologist who does the implant.

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