27 Feb 2014

Lunch meeting: Mr. Johan Baselius: Cardiac Pacing

PP Peter thanked all participants and workers from our club who helped to make this year’s district conference a success.

We had birthday boy today: Hon. Sec. Chris.  PP Paul led us in singing the birthday song for him and President Adrian presented a bottle of red wine to him.

Mr. Johan Baslius spoke to us today about “Cardiac Pacing - a life saving technology”.  Johan told us the brief history of Pacemaker:  in 1932, American physiologist Albert Hyman, working independently, described an electro-mechanical instrument of his own, powered by a spring-wound hand-cranked motor. Hyman himself referred to his invention as an “artificial pacemaker”, the term continuing in use to this day.

A pacemaker is typically inserted into the patient through a simple surgery using either local anesthetic or a general anesthetic. In most cases the pacemaker is inserted in the left shoulder area where an incision is made below the collar bone creating a small pocket where the pacemaker is actually housed in the patient’s body. The lead or leads are fed into the heart through a large vein using a fluoroscope to monitor the progress of lead insertion.

As a pacemaker uses batteries, the device will need replacement as the batteries lose power. Device replacement is usually a simpler procedure than the original insertion.

We collected HK$1200 in raffle and fines.  Mr. Johan Baselius help to draw the raffle prize number and the winner was PP Thomas Yeung’s guest, who won a bottle of red wine.