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Sudden Death/AICDs

Sudden Death/AICDs is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • If patient is in cardiac arrest, treat per ACLS.
  • Presence of an ICD does not preclude external defibrillation.
  • If hemodynamically unstable tachycardia and the ICD is not effective, proceed with external defibrillation.
  • Do not place external electrodes directly over the ICD.
  • Provide CPR without hesitation but wear gloves to decrease sensation of internal shocks (not a health risk but uncomfortable).
  • After hours, call device reps for assistance:
  • Guidant/Boston Scientific: 1-800-227-3422
  • Medtronic: 1-800-878-5616
  • St. Jude Medical: 1-800-722-3423

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Last updated: May 5, 2010


"Sudden Death/AICDs." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534072/all/Sudden_Death_AICDs.
Sudden Death/AICDs. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534072/all/Sudden_Death_AICDs. Accessed April 21, 2019.
Sudden Death/AICDs. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534072/all/Sudden_Death_AICDs
Sudden Death/AICDs [Internet]. In: Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. [cited 2019 April 21]. Available from: https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534072/all/Sudden_Death_AICDs.
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