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Nurs Crit Care. 1998 Mar-Apr;3(2):59-62.

Early experience of nurse-led elective DC cardioversion.

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University of Birmingham.


Direct current (DC) cardioversion is an established therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. In this observational study 88 patients (59 [67%] male) were admitted as day cases to a short-stay ward for elective cardioversion, of whom 74 (88%) were referred for cardioversion of atrial fibrillation, 12 (14%) for atrial flutter and two (2%) for atrial tachycardia. 40 (54%) of patients with atrial fibrillation were initially converted to sinus rhythm by DC shock, although 3 (7% of this group) reverted to atrial fibrillation during the recovery period. Nurse-led, day case elective cardioversion on an elective ward appears to offer a safe alternative to CCU admission.

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