Traveling with an ICD
It’s important to know that you can travel safely with an ICD or S-ICD device as long as talk to your doctor and take a few precautions. Learn more about going through airport security, finding a doctor while traveling and other ways to help you have a successful trip with an implanted device.
Going through airport security can be confusing even for people without an implanted device. To help make the process easier, be sure to show your Medical Device ID Card at the first security station. This card identifies you as an implanted device patient. After showing your card, follow the security staff’s directions. Depending on the airport, the staff may do one of the following:
- Send you through the security full body scanner. The Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) full body scanner will not harm your ICD or S-ICD, or change the programmed settings. However, your device contains metal parts that may set off airport security metal detector alarms, so you should NOT go through the metal detector.
- Use a hand-held security wand. If held over your ICD or S-ICD for too long, airport security wands could temporarily affect your device. If a wand must be used, tell the security officer that you have an implanted device, that the search must be done quickly and not to hold the wand over your device.
- Do a hand-pat search. If you request a hand-pat search, you can ask them to do it in a private area away from public view.
NOTE: The full body scanner will show your device on their image, but it will not sound an alarm while you are inside. You may be asked to show your Medical Device ID Card or they may ask you to stand aside for a hand-pat search.
Medical Device Identification Card
Whether you’re running a quick errand or going away for an extended trip, it’s important to carry your Medical Device ID Card with you at all times. In an emergency, your card will let medical and security personnel that you have an implanted device.
In addition to your Medical Device ID Card, Boston Scientific offers a security card for international travel. The card explains that your implanted device may trigger airport security alarms and is printed in 13 languages. To get a Medical Device Patient Security Card, call us at 1-866-484-3268.
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Individual symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. Please consult your physician or qualified health provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment. The information provided is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or as a substitute for professional medical advice.