Using Your Communicator for EMBLEM™ S-ICD Patients
The LATITUDE Communicator collects information from your S-ICD device and sends it to your healthcare team through a secure server.
Important to Know
- The Communicator does not reprogram or change any functions of your S-ICD device and your device will still work even if your Communicator is not working.
- The Communicator does NOT dial 911 during a health emergency. If you are not feeling well, call your healthcare provider or dial 911.
When to Use Your Communicator
Your healthcare team will set up a schedule for how often your Communicator should check your S-ICD device. This could be as often as weekly. The white heart button on your Communicator will flash when it‘s time to check your device. When you see the heart button flashing, simply press and release the button. Stay within arm’s reach of the Communicator until all the waves are lit solid green as shown below, indicating that the data collection is complete.
You should check the Communicator daily to see if any of the indicators are lit solid or flashing. Call your healthcare provider if the call doctor icon is lit any color.
How to Manually Send Your Data
Your healthcare provider may instruct you to manually send your data.
If you are instructed to send your data manually, be sure to stay close to the Communicator while completing the steps below to ensure the best connection between your implanted device and the Communicator.
1. Press the heart button and stay within arm’s reach of the Communicator while it completes the interrogation.
2. When all the waves light solid green and the doctor icon lights blue as shown below for two minutes, the Communicator has successfully sent your data.
Normal use of the LATITUDE system has been accounted for in the projected battery life of your S-ICD device. Pressing the heart button more often than when the heart button flashes or more often than instructed by your healthcare provider may lead to a decrease in the battery life of your S-ICD device.
Making Sure Your Communicator is Working
To confirm that your Communicator is operating normally, follow these simple steps:
1. Press the status button on the back of the Communicator for one second.
2. If the Communicator lights up as shown below, your last interrogation was successful. The lights will turn off automatically after two minutes.
What Do the Lights Mean?
Understanding the Lights on Your Communicator
Traveling with Your Communicator
You can use your Communicator away from home if you will be gone for an extended period. Even if you don’t take your Communicator with you, be sure to consult your healthcare provider before planning to travel for an extended period. Your healthcare provider may need to temporarily change your interrogation schedule or give you information about connecting to the LATITUDE system if you are traveling outside the country.
If you take your Communicator with you, check that the Communicator can connect to the LATITUDE system. Refer to “Checking the Communicator Can Connect to the LATITUDE System” on page 68 of the LATITUDE Patient Manual.
Model 6290 with S-ICD implanted devices supported on LATITUDE
Your Communicator can be used in the United States and Puerto Rico. Use of the Communicator in other countries maybe restricted due to radiofrequency (RF) laws. Please contact LATITUDE Patient Services at (866) 484-3268 for more information.
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