Monday, January 14, 2013

stand back.....shocking

Sometimes you only learn about the latest technology available by having patients coming in wearing the devices.

For instance, I had no idea there was such a thing as an wearable external defibrillator.  This is a device that is worn as a harness on the upper chest.  It continuously monitors the heart.  It has a built in defibrillator.  If the monitoring device senses v fib or v tach (fatal rhythms)  it sounds an alarm to warn the patient and then defibrillates them.

It is apparently used for patients with CHF (heart failure) or cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) who may be too risky for surgery for an internal defibrillator.  It can also be used pre insertion of defibrillator.

I've only seen it once.  Its amazing whats out there.


Tex said...

See it all the time. Sometimes when a patient has an MI, they can't get the AICD for several weeks due to myocardial damage. The external is a bridge until the permanent device can be inserted. Cost: about 5-8 grand.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the arm sleeve tasers? Prisoners come in with them. The guards have a remote that sets it off prn. How great is that? Lol!

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