Adverse Experiences With Implantable Defibrillators in Oregon Hospices
Fromme, Erik K
Stewart, Tanya Lugliani
Tolle, Susan W
The American journal of hospice & palliative care 2011 Aug; 28(5): 304-9
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival in patients at risk for recurrent, sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. Unless deactivated, ICDs may deliver unwanted shocks to terminally ill patients near the time of death. This study sought to determine the frequency and nature of adverse experiences with ICDs in hospice programs and what preventative measures the programs had taken.
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