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WelchAllyn AEDs Recalled

September 18, 2007–MRL/WelchAllyn has issued a Class I recall of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) manufactured between October 2003 and January 2005 (serial numbers 205787 through 207509).

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a message updated September 18th, the recalled devices may display a “Defib Comm” error message on the device display during use, which “may result in a terminal failure of the device to analyze the patient’s ECG and deliver the appropriate therapy.”

Class I recalls are the most serious FDA recalls. The FDA issues Class I recalls when there is a good chance that the use of a medical device could cause serious injury or death. According to the FDA, emergency and medical personnel should stop using the AED 20 Automatic External Defibrillators immediately.

Not All Heart Failure Patients Receive Optimal Therapy: Women and Elderly Less Like to Get ICDs

September 17, 2007–MINNEAPOLISBaseline data from the largest study of United States-based heart failure (HF) patients in the outpatient setting demonstrate significant gaps and variation in medical care, particularly for women and the elderly. Findings from the Registry to Improve the Use of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Therapies in the Outpatient Setting (IMPROVE HF) study were presented today in a poster session at the Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. 

“This is the first study of its kind to document the extent to which heart failure patients in the outpatient setting are receiving optimal treatment, as defined by the most recent treatment guidelines,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Co-Chair of the IMPROVE HF Scientific Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

Three Saves in Three Months at Hawaii Airport

September 15, 2007–HONOLULU–For the third time since July, a life has been saved at a Honolulu International Airport with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Thanks to quick thinking by those around him, a 76-year-old man from New Jersey is alive.

Doctors Jonathan Duca and Nanette Duca-Cruz came in on a flight from New Jersey on Saturday, when they heard a call for help.

“We came down to baggage claim, and we were standing at the carousel waiting to get our bags, and someone came and yelled, ‘Help! Is there a doctor? Is there a nurse?’” said Dr. Duca, a fourth-year anesthesiology resident at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.

A man had collapsed at a baggage claim area. The doctors immediately started CPR while airport employees brought an AED. Dr. Duca-Cruz, also a fourth-year anesthesiology resident, used the AED to bring the man’s heart back to a normal rhythm.

National ICD Registry Reports Few Complications with Implantation of Internal Defibrillators

Some Implanting Physicians Lack Formal Training

September 7, 2007­–WASHINGTON–First the good news: First year data from the National ICD Registry indicates few complications with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs). Now the bad news: A number of implanting physicians had no formal training with the medical procedure. The report will be published in the September 2007 edition of Heart Rhythm the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.

The registry, the nation’s first comprehensive database of detailed information about patients with the implantable medical devices, found that complications at the time of device implantation and prior to hospital discharge occurred at a 3.6 percent rate in the more than 108,000 ICD implantations at 1,117 hospitals. Adverse events included hematomas (1.2 percent), lead dislodgement (1.0 percent) and death (0.02 percent).

Low Risk of Infection with ICDs

September 5, 2007­–DALLAS–Device-related infections developed in fewer than 1% of patients within a year of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation, according to a study to be published in the September 18th issue of Circulation (published online on August 27th). The Prospective Evaluation of Pacemaker Lead Endocarditis (PEOPLE) study of 6,000+ patients in 44 medical centers in France found that the risk was lowest among patients receiving a device for the first time and patients who were given antibiotic prophylaxis. People who had a fever 24 hours before the implantation procedure were more likely to develop infections.

New CPR Promises Better Results by Compressing Abdomen, Not Chest

Leslie Geddes, the Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, demonstrates a new technique for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The method promises to be more effective than standard CPR because it increases nourishing blood flow through the heart by 25 percent. Geddes has developed the new method, called “only rhythmic abdominal compression,” or OAC-CPR, which works by pushing on the abdomen instead of the chest. (Purdue News Service photo/ David Umberger)

ISSA Requires Personal Trainers to Undergo AED Training

May 29, 2007 – CARPINTERIA, CA – The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a teaching institution and certification agency for fitness trainers, will require all U.S. students who enroll in a certification course after June 1, 2007 to provide evidence they have successfully completed training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in addition to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Though AED training is not required for students who enroll prior to June 1, 2007 or for international students, ISSA strongly recommends that these students also seek CPR-AED training.

First Statewide PAD Program Launched in Nevada

April 20, 2007 – RENO, NV– Leading local health organizations in the State of Nevada have announced the formation of Nevada Project Heartbeat, the first statewide Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program in the United States.

Nevada Project Heartbeat’s goal is to improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) survivability in the State of Nevada. It aims to accomplish this goal by raising the average citizen’s awareness of SCA, and by providing places of business, public agencies, and other organizations with the tools and training needed to make Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available, accessible, and affordable.

FDA: Routine Follow-Up Important for Patients Affected by ICD Recall

April 11, 2007 – Boston Scientific/Guidant has recalled approximately 73,000 Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds). A faulty component in these devices can cause the batteries to use energy sooner than expected.

“No patients have been harmed, however some devices have required early replacement,” said William Young, Vice President, Reliability and Quality Assurance at Boston Scientific, Cardiac Rhythm Management, in an April 5th letter to patients.

Penn Study: ICDs Improve Quality of Life for Heart Patients

Patients Should Be Optimistic About Return to Normal Life After Surgery

 

April 11, 2007 – PHILADELPHIA –Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine have discovered that implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) -- electric monitoring devices that deliver a lifesaving shock in the event of a cardiac arrest -- help patients with heart problems live longer, more active lives. Further, the study found most patients living with ICDs enjoy a quality of life consistent with average Americans their age and have a high level of satisfaction with the device, offsetting longstanding perceptions that the technology extends but seriously impairs patients’ lives. Peter Groeneveld, MD, MS , Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine and his co-authors report their findings in the April 2007 issue of the journal Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology.

 

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