Accession Number:

ADA239414

Title:

The Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator in Critical Care and Emergency Room Settings

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

An in-depth exploration into the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator AICD is the purpose of this paper. Developed to treat recurrent fatal ventricular arrhythmias by delivering a countershock, the AICD provides increased protection for patients who have survived sudden cardiac death. Because of the increased numbers of people surviving sudden cardiac death, ineffective antiarrhythmic drug therapy and an unpredictable response to surgical interventions, AICD technology and subsequent implants are increasing at alarming rates. Criteria established by the Food and Drug Administration, along with physical and psychological factors, govern whether or not these implantations occur. AICD implantation, via one of four surgical approaches, involves intraoperative testing and continual postoperative surveillance of the patients response and device function.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE