Indications, Safety and Warnings


Indications for Use

The S-ICD System is intended to provide defibrillation therapy for the treatment of life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients who do not have symptomatic bradycardia, incessant ventricular tachycardia, or spontaneous, frequently recurring ventricular tachycardia that is reliably terminated with anti-tachycardia pacing.


Unipolar pacing and impedance-based features are contraindicated for use with the S-ICD System.


Read the manual thoroughly before using the S-ICD System to avoid damage to the pulse generator and/or subcutaneous electrode. Such damage can result in patient injury or death. For single patient use only. Do not reuse, reprocess, or resterilize. All Boston Scientific S-ICD implantable components are designed for use with the Boston Scientific S-ICD System only. Connection of any S-ICD System components to a non-compatible component will result in failure to deliver life-saving defibrillation therapy. Always have external defibrillation equipment and medical personnel skilled in CPR available during implant and follow-up testing. Using multiple pulse generators could cause pulse generator interaction, resulting in patient injury or a lack of therapy delivery. Test each system individually and in combination to help prevent undesirable interactions. Concomitant use of the S-ICD System and implanted electromechanical devices (for example a ventricular assist device, VAD; or implantable insulin pump or drug pump) can result in interactions that could compromise the function of the S-ICD, the co-implanted device, or both. Electromagnetic (EMI) or therapy delivery from the co-implanted device can interfere with S-ICD sensing and/or rate assessment, resulting in inappropriate therapy or failure to deliver therapy when needed. In addition, a shock from the S-ICD pulse generator could damage the co-implanted device and compromise it’s functionality. To help prevent undesirable interactions, test the S-ICD system when used in combination with the co-implanted device, and consider the potential effect of a shock on the co-implanted device. Handle the components of the S-ICD System with care at all times and maintain proper sterile technique. Do not modify, cut, kink, crush, stretch or otherwise damage any component of the S-ICD System. Use caution handling the subcutaneous electrode connector. Do not directly contact the connector with any surgical instruments such as forceps, hemostats, or clamps. Use appropriate anchoring techniques as described in the implant procedure to prevent S-ICD System dislodgement and/or migration. Do not implant in MRI site Zone III. Use caution when placing a magnet over the S-ICD pulse generator because it suspends arrhythmia detection and therapy response. In patients with a deep implant placement (greater distance between the magnet and the pulse generator) magnet application may fail to elicit the magnet response. Do not expose a patient with an implanted S-ICD System to diathermy. EMBLEM S-ICD devices are considered MR Conditional. Unless all MRI Conditions of Use are met, MRI scanning of the patient does not meet MR Conditional requirements for the implanted system. The Programmer is MR Unsafe and must remain outside the MRI site Zone III. During MRI Protection Mode the Tachycardia therapy is suspended. MRI scanning after ERI status has been reach may lead to premature batter depletion, a shortened device replacement window, or sudden loss of therapy. The Beeper may no longer be usable following an MRI scan. It is strongly recommended that patients are followed on LATITUDE NXT after an MRI scan if they are not already. Advise patients to seek medical guidance before entering environments that could adversely affect the operation of the active implantable medical device, including areas protected by a warning notice that prevents entry by patients who have a pulse generator. The pulse generator may be more susceptible to low frequency electromagnetic interference at induced signals greater than 80 uV. The S-ICD System has not been evaluated for pediatric use.


For specific information on precautions, refer to the following sections of the product labeling: clinical considerations, sterilization and storage, implantation, device programming, environmental and medical therapy hazards, hospital and medical environments, home and occupational environments, follow-up testing, explant and disposal and supplemental precautionary information.

Advise patients to avoid sources of EMI because EMI may cause the pulse generator to deliver inappropriate therapy or inhibit appropriate therapy.

Potential Adverse Events

Potential adverse events related to implantation of the S-ICD System may include, but are not limited to, the following: Acceleration/induction of atrial or ventricular arrhythmia, adverse reaction to induction testing, allergic/adverse reaction to system or medication, bleeding, conductor fracture, cyst formation, death, delayed therapy delivery, discomfort or prolonged healing of incision, electrode deformation and/or breakage, electrode insulation failure, erosion/extrusion, failure to deliver therapy, fever, hematoma/seroma, hemothorax, improper electrode connection to the device, inability to communicate with the device, inability to defibrillate or pace, inappropriate post shock pacing, inappropriate shock delivery, infection, keloid formation, migration or dislodgement, muscle/nerve stimulation, nerve damage, pneumothorax, post-shock/post-pace discomfort, premature battery depletion, random component failures, stroke, subcutaneous emphysema, surgical revision or replacement of the system, syncope, tissue redness, irritation, numbness or necrosis.

Patients who receive an S-ICD System may develop psychological disorders that include, but are not limited to, the following: depression/anxiety, fear of device malfunction, fear of shocks, phantom shocks.

Refer to the product labeling for specific indications, contraindications, warnings/precautions and adverse events. Rx only. (Rev. C) 046774 AF


LATITUDE NXT Patient Management System from Boston Scientific CRM

Intended Use

The LATITUDE™ NXT Patient Management System is intended for use to remotely communicate with a compatible pulse generator from Boston Scientific CRM and transfer data to a central database. The LATITUDE NXT System provides patient data that can be used as part of the clinical evaluation of the patient.  


The LATITUDE NXT Patient Management System is contraindicated for use with any implanted device other than a compatible Boston Scientific implanted device. Not all Boston Scientific implanted devices are compatible with the LATITUDE NXT System. For contraindications for use related to the implanted device, refer to the System Guide for the Boston Scientific implanted device being interrogated.  


Alerts may appear on the LATITUDE NXT website on a daily basis. Primary notification of alert conditions is through the View Patient List page on the LATITUDE NXT website. The clinician needs to log onto the LATITUDE NXT website in order to receive alerts. Although secondary notification through email and SMS text messages is available, these reminders are dependent on external systems and may be delayed or not occur. The secondary notification feature does not eliminate or reduce the need to check the website. Implanted device data and alerts are typically available for review on the LATITUDE NXT website within 15 minutes of a successful interrogation. However, data uploads may take significantly longer (up to 14 days). If the Communicator is unable to interrogate the implanted device or if the Communicator is unable to contact the LATITUDE NXT server to upload data, up to 14 days may elapse before the LATITUDE NXT server detects these conditions and informs the clinic user that monitoring is not occurring. If both of these conditions occur at the same time, this notification could take up to 28 days. Implanted device data and alert notification may be delayed or not occur at all under various conditions, which include but are not limited to the following: System limitations; the Communicator is unplugged; the Communicator is not able to connect to the LATITUDE NXT server through the configured phone system; the implanted device and the Communicator cannot establish and complete a telemetry session; the Communicator is damaged or malfunctions; the patient is not compliant with prescribed use or is not using the LATITUDE NXT System as described in the patient manual; if subscribed to the LATITUDE Cellular Data Plan, missing two or more payments discontinues the subscription; the clinic user can identify any patients that are not being monitored as described above by using the Not Monitored filter on the View Patient List.  

Adverse Effects:  None known.

System Limitations

The LATITUDE NXT System does not provide continuous real-time monitoring. As a remote monitoring system, the LATITUDE NXT System provides periodic patient monitoring based on clinician configured settings. There are many internal and external factors that can hinder, delay, or prevent acquisition and delivery of implanted device, sensor, and patient information as intended by the clinician. These factors include: implanted device clock; patient environment; cellular data service; telephone system; communicator memory capacity; clinic environment; schedule/configuration changes; or data processing.

Refer to the product labeling for specific instructions for use. Rx only. (Rev. D) 046774 AF


EMBLEM S-ICD Automated Screening Tool

Intended Use

The AST application is solely intended to screen patients for S-ICD implant and is not intended to be used for any cardiac diagnostic purpose. The AST is an alternative to the Model 4744 Patient Screening Tool. The two screening tools serve the same purpose, and may be used independently or together.

Indications for Use/Contraindications/Warnings and Precautions

There are no indications/contraindications, warnings or precautions specific to the Model 2889 EMBLEM S-ICD Automated Screening Tool (AST). Refer to the appropriate S-ICD System Pulse Generator (PG) User Manual for a list of indications for use, allowed concomitant device settings, contraindications, and warnings and precautions for the S-ICD system.

Refer to the product labeling for specific instructions for use. Rx only. (Rev A) 046774 AF