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Programmer for Pacemakers, ICDs and CRT devices is approved for use in

St Jude Medical : 03 April, 2008  (New Product)
St Jude Medical has received regulatory approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) for the Merlin Patient Care System, a universal programmer for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers
The system is designed to allow quick and efficient programming at the time of Implant and at patients' follow-up visits.

The Merlin Patient Care System is a powerful, portable computer that is designed to help physicians efficiently conduct cardiac tests, analyse therapeutic and diagnostic data, and program implanted devices for optimal patient care. Physicians can quickly make changes to device therapy through the system's LCD touch-screen to decrease follow-up time.

Patients with ICDs, pacemakers or CRT devices require regular follow-up examinations to ensure devices are programmed to provide appropriate therapy and to review a patient's response to programmed therapy. If a patient's condition has changed, clinicians can reprogram device parameters with the Merlin Patient Care System to help protect the patient from abnormal heart rhythms.

'We developed the Merlin Patient Care System by observing clinicians in their working environments,' said Eric S Fain, MD, president of the St Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. 'We sought clinicians' input and listened to their needs, then responded by creating an intuitive system that streamlines workflow and simplifies the programming process.'

Japan represents the second-largest market for medical devices in the world, and St Jude Medical (formerly known in Japan as Getz Bros) has been serving that market since 1925. With an increasingly ageing population, there is a strong focus to offer state-of-the-art medical devices in Japan.

The Merlin Patient Care System includes numerous benefits for physicians and patients:

- A user interface that makes the entire system fast to learn and use. This interface mimics the natural workflow of a clinic to make it easier for clinicians to operate.

- Enhanced presentation of diagnostics, which consolidates and displays patient information so clinicians can make decisions more quickly.

- State-of-the-art hardware and flexible options for future programmer features and accessories. The hardware increases speed and consumes less energy, allowing the system to weigh less. A lighter-weight programmer makes it easier for physicians and nurses to carry and store the programmer between both hospital and patients' office visits.

- A session summary screen, which shows a summary of tests performed during an ICD or pacemaker patient's follow-up exam.

'The Merlin Patient Care System offers significant advantages for clinicians in Japan, including access to a more comprehensive, streamlined patient Implant and follow-up system,' said Paul Bond, president of St Jude Medical Japan. 'St Jude Medical is committed to the global healthcare community, as demonstrated by our significant presence in Japan and our responsiveness to the needs of the medical community in this country, region and around the world.'
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