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SSS 2010-10-21

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Pacemakers are expensive. Though some pacemaker manufacturers have dropped the price down to $800 in poorer countries, that’s still out of reach for many. One to two million people die each year because they don’t have access to this life-saving technology.

So researchers at the University of Michigan’s Cardiovascular Center have investigated pacemaker recycling—harvesting working pacemakers from the recently deceased. According to a position paper in the journal Circulation, 84 percent of heart patients said they’d be willing to give away their pacemakers after they, well, no longer need them. Most pacemakers removed before burial or cremations wind up in storage at funeral homes. One issue is sanitation—but small humanitarian1 efforts at recycling have found that the infection rate is about 2 percent with repurposed devices, the same as for new ones.

The university has collaborated2 with physicians, funeral directors, citizens and a medical device nonprofit. So if families consent, donated devices are sent to the University of Michigan. Then if the batteries have more than 70 percent power, the device is sterilized3 and wiped free of the former patient’s info. And then sent to people around the world, who need help with a beating heart.
 


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1 humanitarian kcoxQ     
n.人道主义者,博爱者,基督凡人论者
参考例句:
  • She has many humanitarian interests and contributes a lot to them.她拥有很多慈善事业,并作了很大的贡献。
  • The British government has now suspended humanitarian aid to the area.英国政府现已暂停对这一地区的人道主义援助。
2 collaborated c49a4f9c170cb7c268fccb474f5f0d4f     
合作( collaborate的过去式和过去分词 ); 勾结叛国
参考例句:
  • We have collaborated on many projects over the years. 这些年来我们合作搞了许多项目。
  • We have collaborated closely with the university on this project. 我们与大学在这个专案上紧密合作。
3 sterilized 076c787b7497ea77bc28e91a6612edc3     
v.消毒( sterilize的过去式和过去分词 );使无菌;使失去生育能力;使绝育
参考例句:
  • My wife was sterilized after the birth of her fourth child. 我妻子生完第4个孩子后做了绝育手术。 来自辞典例句
  • All surgical instruments must be sterilized before use. 所有的外科手术器械在使用之前,必须消毒。 来自辞典例句
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