Archive - Aug 31, 2011

Archive - Aug 31, 2011


Studies: Increasing Complications for Pacemakers and ICDs

NEW YORK– Implantation of cardiac implantable electrophysiological devices (CIED) is associated with increasing rates of complications and mortality, according to results of 3 studies published in the August 23rd online Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

There have been dramatic increases in the implantation of these devices, largely due to the expanded indications and the aging of the general population. Previous studies have suggested that the complication rates associated with implantation of these devices may be increasing, too.

Infection rates have clearly increased, according to a report from Dr. Arnold J. Greenspon from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and colleagues. They analyzed the historical trends for CIED infection in the United States between 1993 and 2008 using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

World’s Largest Cardiac Arrest Trial Shows Longer Period of Initial CPR by Paramedics and Firefighters Provides No Benefit

 A study involving nearly 10,000 cardiac arrest patients from 10 North American regions has shown that extending the period of initial cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by paramedics and firefighters from one to three minutes provides no benefit. The study, led by Dr. Ian Stiell of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) and the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), resolves a worldwide controversy about cardiac arrest care. It is the largest randomized cardiac arrest trial in the world, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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