Early experience of nurse-led elective DC cardioversion.

Quinn, T (1998) Early experience of nurse-led elective DC cardioversion. Nursing in Critical Care, 3(2), pp. 59-62. ISSN (print) 1362-1017

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Direct current (DC) cardioversion is an established therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. In this observational study 88 patients (59 [67%] male) were admitted as day cases to a short-stay ward for elective cardioversion, of whom 74 (88%) were referred for cardioversion of atrial fibrillation, 12 (14%) for atrial flutter and two (2%) for atrial tachycardia. 40 (54%) of patients with atrial fibrillation were initially converted to sinus rhythm by DC shock, although 3 (7% of this group) reverted to atrial fibrillation during the recovery period. Nurse-led, day case elective cardioversion on an elective ward appears to offer a safe alternative to CCU admission.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
Depositing User: Clive Allnutt
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 08:38
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 08:38
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/35124

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