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Contact Sue Kasperski -

Susan's Personal Kaiser Story --------------------  

NEW:  To Susan's husband Dan's Kaiser Story - Part 1
and Part 2 -

Sue Kaspeprski

Kaiser Patient, Sue Kasperski wants legislation to have in all ER rooms a cardiologist on call 24/7
who is trained in care and management of artificial cardiac pacemakers.  She has concern because in
most ER's there are no cardiologists on staff 24/7 who are trained in pacemaker care.  This is a problem
for some areas where if there is a malfunction taking place the ER has to wait hours for a trained
professional to travel to the hospital.

Patients can die from this lack of concern.  Sue created the following video asking for your
help in this project.  Her contact information is above the search engine on this page.  
Further information about what Susan Kasperski is doing to help the patients
is in the video below and following links to other pages on this site.  All videos on this site
may be enlarged to full size.

Here is further information on Sue's personal story.
Advice for Pacemaker Users - What they don't tell you about them by Susan Kasperski
Also warning about the need for all Emergency Rooms in California to have a trained physician on staff and available at all times to handle Pacemaker Malfunctions.

Letter also sent to New Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson

Sue's Kaiser Nightmare in 12 articles:

Pacemakers - What they don't tell you and needed regulatory changes by Susan Kasperski

Kaiser Patient Pacemaker Information by Susan Kasperski - A Kaiser Patient

See video here and here and Sue also wrote to Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson who so far is ignoring her.


What happens when the battery dies? - The battery is sealed in the same unit as the generator. A current InSync battery should last about 6 years. The doctor will check it every time he sees you, using the programmer. If the battery gets pretty low, a beeper inside the pacemaker itself starts beeping so you know to get yourself to the doctor right away.  See:  

Reasons the battery would be beeping: