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We propose to randomize automatic external cardioverter/defibrillators (AECD) in patients who are at high risk for life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and are admitted to the telemetry ward, all other treatments being constant including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
We hypothesize that an the automatic, rapid, accurate and specific diagnostic and therapeutic technology used in AECDs will further increase the rate of survival in patients with cardiac arrest through rapid and automatic defibrillation, independent of operator initiation, as compared to standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation initiated by healthcare providers.
Cardiac arrest (CA) is defined as the sudden cessation of effective cardiac pumping function as a result of either ventricular asystole (inactivity of the heart) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation (VT/VF). Pulseless ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation is an abnormal electrical activity of the ventricles of the heart. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are essential because first, more than a few minutes of total CA results in permanent damage to the brain due to lack of oxygen, and second, the success of resuscitative measures is related to the rapidity with which they are instituted following arrest. For a person in VT/VF the probability of successful defibrillation and subsequent survival to hospital discharge is directly and negatively related to the interval between onset of VT/VF and delivery of first shock.
Comparison: By using AECDs we will evaluate if an automatic, rapid, accurate and specific diagnostic technology will further increase the rate of survival in patients with VT/VF by rapid and automatic defibrillation, independent of operator initiation, as compared to standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with automatic external defibrillators (AED) initiated by healthcare providers. This trial will be a randomized, controlled trial and will test if AECDs can improve outcome measures when compared to traditional responses.
AEDs are manually operated defibrillators that have to be attached to the patient and operated by a healthcare provider or layperson. In contrast, the purpose of AECDs is to automatically detect life-threatening arrhythmias and deliver external shocks according to a programmable prescription for hospitalized patients, who may be at transient risk for the development of life-threatening arrhythmias. AECDs immediately and automatically monitor, detect and treat cardiac arrhythmias with no human intervention. The AECD proposed to be utilized in this trial, PowerHeart CRM, a product of Cardiac Science, Inc, has been evaluated in the hospital setting to assess safety and efficacy, and has been approved by the FDA to be prophylactically attached to hospital patients and provide automatic defibrillation therapy without human intervention.
All patients admitted to telemetry unit will be asked to volunteer for this study. Approximately 3,000 patients will be asked to volunteer in this study during their stay in the telemetry unit. This study will evaluate if there is a way to improve survival in CA by comparing two groups
Group 1: This group includes patients admitted to telemetry unit who will undergo standard measures of CPR in case cardiac arrest is suspected.
Group 2: This group includes patients admitted to telemetry unit who will have AECD attached to the chest wall and will also undergo standard measures of CPR in case of cardiac arrest.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Death, Sudden, Cardiac
Defibrillation of pulseless ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation by automatic external cardioverter defibrillator.
Veterans Adminstration Medical Center
Atlanta Research and Education Foundation
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:42:15-0400
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