June 2009, Volume 39 Number 6 , p 30 - 32
Morrison, Dolores RN, MSN, and June Smith, RN, BSN
Issue: Volume 39(6), June 2009, p 30–32 Publication Type: [Feature] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Dolores Morrison is a clinical nurse specialist and June Smith is a clinical manager at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. This noninvasive device can be a lifesaver for someone at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Here you'll learn how to care for a patient in a nonmonitored unit who has one. Figure. No caption available.
WOULD YOU KNOW what to do if a patient were admitted to your medical-surgical unit with an automatic wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD)? We didn't either. The device has been FDA-approved since 2002, but we and our coworkers had never seen a patient wearing a WCD until Mr. Jones arrived in our unit. In this article we'll explain what we learned about the device and what you should know if you find yourself caring for a similar patient.