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TENS Pain Control Unit Safety and Precautions

  Your TENS Pain Control Unit Safety and Precautions

Indications
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) devices are used for the symptomatic relief and management of chronic (long-term) intractable pain and as an adjunctive treatment in the management of post-surgical and post-traumatic acute pain problems.

Contraindications
TENS devices can affect the operation of demand-type cardiac pacemakers. TENS is not recommended for patients with known heart disease without a physician's evaluation of risk. Do not stimulate over the eyes or carotid sinus nerves. Do not apply TENS for 1. undiagnosed pain syndromes until etiology is established, 2. electrode placement that causes current to flow transcerebrally (through the head).

Warnings
This device should be used only under the continued supervision of a physician. TENS is ineffective for pain of central origin, (i.e. appendicitis, hepatitis). TENS is of no curative value; it is a symptomatic treatment which suppresses pain sensation which would otherwise serve as a protective mechanism on the outcome of the clinical process. Safety of TENS devices for use during pregnancy or delivery has not been established.
For external use only. Electronic equipment such as EKG monitors and EKG alarms may not operate properly when TENS is in use. The user must keep the device out of the reach of children. Also, this device should not be used over metal implants or sleep apnea monitors.

Precautions
Avoid adjusting controls while operating machinery or vehicles. Turn the stimulator off before applying or removing electrodes. Long-term stimulation at the same electrode site may cause skin irritation. Use only for the specific pain problem prescribed by the physician. Effectiveness is dependent upon patient selection.

Adverse Reactions
Possible allergic reaction to tape or gel. Possible skin irritation or electrode burn under electrode.

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Federal law (USA) now restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician so licensed by the State.

Caution: Federal Law (U.S.A.) restricts this device to sale by, or on the order of , a physician. Indications T.E.N.S. devices are used for the symptomatic relief and management of chronic intractable pain and as an adjunctive treatment in the management of post-surgical and post-traumatic acute pain problems. Contraindications: To date, research has not found T.E.N.S. to be absolutely contraindicated in any known pathologies. T.E.N.S. stimulation is contraindicated for patients using cardiac pacemakers. It is not recommended for patients with known myocardial arrhythmias without physician evaluation. T.E.N.S. stimulation is contraindicated for use over the carotid sinus nerves, laryngeal or pharyngeal muscles. Do not apply T.E.N.S. for undiagnosed syndromes until etiology is established. Do not apply T.E.N.S. transcerebrally.

Warnings: For external use only. Safety of T.E.N.S. stimulation during pregnancy or delivery has not been established. T.E.N.S. therapy is ineffective for pain of central origin. This device should be used only under the continued supervision of a physician. T.E.N.S. devices are of no curative value. T.E.N.S. is a symptomatic treatment and, as such, suppresses the sensation of pain which would be otherwise serve as a protective mechanism on the outcome of the clinical process. Do not stimulate the eye area. T.E.N.S. may interfere with EKG monitoring, including alarms. Do not allow children to operate T.E.N.S. devices without adequate adult supervision. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid abrupt changes of stimulator controls while operating dangerous machinery, such as automobiles.

Precautions: Isolated cases of skin irritation may occur at the site of electrode placement following long-term application. The use-effectiveness of T.E.N.S. stimulation is directly related to patient selection. Exercise caution when stimulating facial areas: do not stimulate the eye area. Use the stimulator only for the pain problem for which it is prescribed. Turn the stimulator power off before removing or applying electrodes.

Adverse Effects: Skin irritation beneath or around electrode sites may develop. Electrode burns may occur at electrode site.

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