The automatic external cardioverter-defibrillator
Martínez-Rubio, Antoni and Barón-Esquivias, Gonzalo (2004) The automatic external cardioverter-defibrillator. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 4 (3). pp. 114-221. ISSN 0972-6292
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In-hospital cardiac arrest remains a major problem but new technologies allowing fully automatic external defibrillation are available. These technologies allow the concept of “external therapeutic monitoring” of lethal arrhythmias. Since early defibrillation improves outcome by decreasing morbidity and mortality, the use of this device should improve the outcome of in-hospital cardiac arrest victims. Furthermore, the use of these devices could allow safe monitoring and treatment of patients at risk of cardiac arrest who not necessarily must be in conventional monitoring units (Intensive or Coronary Care Units) saving costs with a more meaningful use of resources. The capability to provide early defibrillation within any patient-care areas should be considered as an obligation (“standard of care”) of the modern hospital.
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