ICDs result in adverse events at end of life

October 2011
Hospice Management Advisor;Oct2011, Vol. 16 Issue 10, p119
The article discusses that even though implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival in patients, they can add to a patient's discomfort at the end of life. It mentions a study in the "American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care" which showed that adverse events such as unwanted shocks, and patient/family distress resulted in deactivation of the device.


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