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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2015 Aug;33(3):653-67. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2015.05.001. Epub 2015 Jun 19.

Emergency Care of Patients with Pacemakers and Defibrillators.

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1
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 110 South Paca Street, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 110 South Paca Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
2
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 110 South Paca Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. Electronic address: haney.mallemat@gmail.com.

Abstract

Devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are commonly inserted to treat unstable cardiac rhythm disturbances. Despite the benefits of these devices on mortality and morbidity rates, patients often present to the emergency department with complaints related to device insertion or malfunction. Emergency physicians must be able to rapidly identify potential life threats caused by pacemaker malfunction, ICD firing, and complications associated with implantation of the devices.

KEYWORDS:

Cardiac arrest; Electrical storm; Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator; Magnet; Pacemaker

PMID:
26226872
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2015.05.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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