Longevity of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a comparison among manufacturers and over time

@inproceedings{Gunten2016LongevityOI,
  title={Longevity of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a comparison among manufacturers and over time},
  author={Simon von Gunten and Beat Schaer and S G Yap and Tam{\'a}s Szili-Torok and Michael S K{\"u}hne and Christian Sticherling and Stefan O\sswald and Dominic A.M.J. Theuns},
  booktitle={Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology},
  year={2016}
}
AIMS Longevity of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) is crucial for patients and healthcare systems as replacements impact on infection rates and cost-effectiveness. Aim was to determine longevity using very large databases of two teaching hospitals with a high number of replacements and a rather homogeneous distribution among manufacturers. METHODS AND RESULTS The study population consists of all patients in whom an ICD was inserted in. All ICD manufacturers operating in… CONTINUE READING
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