Patients presenting with ICD alarms sounding

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator’s (ICD’s) have inbuilt alarm systems to notify patients of the need to seek assistance. Alarms may sound for a variety of reasons which can only be identified by interrogation of the ICD.

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To prevent the possibility of the development of inappropriate shocks which may occur if the ICD lead is fractured please observe the following guidelines:

Patients who present out of hours:

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Content by Anne-Marie Galligan (Chief Cardiac Technician, CUH), Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 06/07/2012. Last review Dr IOS 10/06/21 .