Management of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in end-of-life care.

  title={Management of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in end-of-life care.},
  author={Nathan E. Goldstein and Rachel I Lampert and Elizabeth Bradley and Joanne Lynn and Harlan M. Krumholz},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={141 11},
BACKGROUND Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can prevent premature death from an arrhythmia but may also prolong the dying process and make it more distressing. OBJECTIVE To describe the frequency, timing, and correlates of discussions about deactivating ICDs. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Telephone survey. PARTICIPANTS Next of kin of patients with ICDs who died of any cause. Of 136 next of kin contacted, 100 (74%) participated. MEASUREMENTS Incidence of… CONTINUE READING

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