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  1. Use of Automated External Defibrillators

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    Gregory K Christensen

    2009-02-01

    In an effort to improve survival from cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association (AHA) has promoted the Chain of Survival concept, describing a sequence of prehospital steps that result in improved survival after sudden cardiac arrest. These interventions include immediate deployment of emergency medical services, prompt cardiopulmonary resuscitation, early defibrillation when indicated, and early initiation of advanced medical care. Early defibrillation has emerged as the most important intervention with survival decreasing by 10% with each minute of delay in defibrillation. Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) is a condition in which there is uncoordinated contraction of the heart cardiac muscle of the ventricles in the heart, making them tremble rather than contract properly. VF is a medical emergency and if the arrhythmia continues for more than a few seconds, blood circulation will cease, and death can occur in a matter of minutes. During VF, contractions of the heart are not synchronized, blood flow ceases, organs begin to fail from oxygen deprivation and within 10 minutes, death will occur. When VF occurs, the victim must be defibrillated in order to establish the heart’s normal rhythm. On average, the wait for an ambulance in populated areas of the United States is about 11 minutes. In view of these facts, the EFCOG Electrical Safety Task Group initiated this review to evaluate the potential value of deployment and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for treatment of SCA victims. This evaluation indicates the long term survival benefit to victims of SCA is high if treated with CPR plus defibrillation within the first 3-5 minutes after collapse. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), survival rates as high as 74% are possible if treatment and defibrillation is performed in the first 3 minutes. In contrast survival rates are only 5% where no AED programs have been established to provide prompt CPR and defibrillation. ["CPR statistics

  2. AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Programs: Questions and Answers

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    ... live. What is an AED ? The automated external defibrillator ( AED ) is a computerized medical device. An AED ... AED or another defibrillation device (semiautomatic or manual defibrillator). The AHA also supports placing AEDs in targeted ...

  3. 21 CFR 870.5310 - Automated external defibrillator.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Automated external defibrillator. 870.5310 Section 870.5310 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... external defibrillator. (a) Identification. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a...

  4. Use of automated external defibrillators in a Brazilian airline. A 1-year experience

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    Alves Paulo Magalhães

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available After the incorporation of automated external defibrilators by other airlines and the support of the Brazilian Society of cardiology, Varig Airlines Began the onboard defibrilation program with the initial purpose of equiping wide-body aircrafts frequently used in international flights and that airplanes use in the Rio - São Paulo route. With all fight attendants trained, the automated. External defibrilation devides were incorporated to 34 airplanes of a total pleet of 80 aircrats. The devices were intalled in the bagage compartments secured with velero straps and 2 pairs of electrods, one or which pre-conected to the device to minimize application time. Later, a portable monitor was addres to the ressocitation kit in the long flights. The expansion of the knowledge of the basic life support fundamentors and the correted implantation of the survival chain and of the automated external defibrilators will increase the extense of recovery of cardiorespiratory arrest victins in aircrafts.

  5. 78 FR 17890 - Effective Date of Requirement for Premarket Approval for Automated External Defibrillator System.

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    2013-03-25

    ... 8, 2004 (69 FR 10615). B. Device Subject to This Proposal--Automated External Defibrillator (Sec... order (74 FR 16214, April 9, 2009) requiring manufacturers to submit information about a number of...-month period has expired (see 68 FR 61342, October 28, 2003). If a PMA is not filed for such...

  6. Data management in automated external defibrillators: a call for a standardised solution

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    Nielsen, Anne Møller; Rasmussen, L S

    2011-01-01

    The ECG data stored in automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may be valuable for establishing a final diagnosis and deciding further diagnostics and treatment. Different data management systems are used and this may create significant problems for data storage and access for physicians treating...

  7. Automated external defibrillators inaccessible to more than half of nearby cardiac arrests in public locations during evening, nighttime, and weekends

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    Hansen, Carolina Malta; Wissenberg, Mads; Weeke, Peter;

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Despite wide dissemination, use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in community settings is limited. We assessed how AED accessibility affected coverage of cardiac arrests in public locations. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified cardiac arrests in public locations (1994-2011) in...

  8. Survival and health care costs until hospital discharge of patients treated with onsite, dispatched or without automated external defibrillator

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    J. Berdowski; M.J. Kuiper; M.G.W. Dijkgraaf; J.G.P. Tijssen; R.W. Koster

    2010-01-01

    Background: This study aimed to determine whether automated external defibrillator (AED) use during resuscitation is associated with lower in-hospital health care costs. Methods: For this observational prospective study, we included all treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of suspected cardiac ca

  9. Hospital-wide first-responder automated external defibrillator programme: 1 year experience.

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    Hanefeld, Christoph; Lichte, Carolin; Mentges-Schröter, Ina; Sirtl, Clemens; Mügge, Andreas

    2005-08-01

    The first year experience with a hospital-wide first-responder automated external defibrillator (AED) programme implemented in a 683-bed University Hospital is reported. Throughout the hospital, 14 "AED access spots" were identified which could be easily reached from all wards and diagnostic rooms within 30s. AEDs were installed (Lifepak 500; Medtronik PhysioControl Corp., Redmond, USA, equipped with a Biolog 3000i portable ECG monitor; Micromedical Industries Ltd., Labrador, Australia). Within 3 months, 120 medical officers, 750 nurses, and 50 administrative or technical staff underwent a 2h training programme. An AED was applied and activated by nurses/medical staff before the cardiac arrest team arrived in 27 of 33 cases (81.8%) of witnessed cardiac arrest. The median time from onset of the emergency call to the activation of the AED (record of ECG) was on average 2.1 min (range 1.0--4.5 min). In 18 of 27 cases in which the AED was installed promptly, the primary arrest rhythm was either VT or VF, and the AED delivered a shock. For this subgroup, the rate of return of spontaneous circulation and the rate of discharge at home were 88.9 and 55.6%, respectively. This encourages us to extend the concept of first-responder AED-defibrillation throughout our hospital. PMID:16053941

  10. Development of Automated External Defibrillator%体外自动除颤器的研制

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    惠杰; 朱宗成; 谷云飞; 邬小玫; 方祖祥; 蒋文平

    2013-01-01

    Automatic external defibrillator (AED) is independently designed and developed and evaluated ventricular tachycardia ( VT/VF ) recognition sensitivity, specificity and defibrillation effect through animal experiment. The result shows that this device has advantages of convenient carrying, fast operation and accuracy, and has higher recognition sensitivity, specificity and defibrillation effect.%  自主设计和研制体外自动除颤器(AED),并通过动物实验评价该AED对室速/室颤(VT/VF)识别的敏感性、特异性以及除颤效果。实验结果表明该设备具有较高的识别敏感性、特异性和除颤效果,且便于携带、操作快捷和工作精确的优点。

  11. Life-saving automated external defibrillation in a teenager: a case report

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    Rey Corsino

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Adolescent sudden death during sport participation is commonly due to cardiac causes. Survival is more likely when an automated external defibrillator (AED is used soon after collapse. Case presentation We describe a case of sudden death in a 14 year old boy with two remarkable points, successful resuscitation at school using an AED and diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC. Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR was immediately started by a witness and 5 minutes after the event the child was placed on an AED monitor that determined he was in a non shockable rhythm, therefore CPR was continued. Two minutes later, the AED monitor detected a shockable rhythm and recommended a shock, which was then administered. One minute after the shock, a palpable pulse was detected and the child began to breathe by himself. Four days after cardiac arrest, the boy was conversing and self-caring. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was suggestive of ARVC. Conclusion Ventricular fibrillation secondary to ARVC may be a devastating event and places young patients and athletes at high risk of sudden death. Immediate CPR and AED have been demonstrated to be lifesaving in such events. Therefore, we suggest that schools should have teachers skilled in CPR and accessible AEDs.

  12. Machine Learning Techniques for the Detection of Shockable Rhythms in Automated External Defibrillators.

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    Figuera, Carlos; Irusta, Unai; Morgado, Eduardo; Aramendi, Elisabete; Ayala, Unai; Wik, Lars; Kramer-Johansen, Jo; Eftestøl, Trygve; Alonso-Atienza, Felipe

    2016-01-01

    Early recognition of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and electrical therapy are key for the survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients treated with automated external defibrillators (AED). AED algorithms for VF-detection are customarily assessed using Holter recordings from public electrocardiogram (ECG) databases, which may be different from the ECG seen during OHCA events. This study evaluates VF-detection using data from both OHCA patients and public Holter recordings. ECG-segments of 4-s and 8-s duration were analyzed. For each segment 30 features were computed and fed to state of the art machine learning (ML) algorithms. ML-algorithms with built-in feature selection capabilities were used to determine the optimal feature subsets for both databases. Patient-wise bootstrap techniques were used to evaluate algorithm performance in terms of sensitivity (Se), specificity (Sp) and balanced error rate (BER). Performance was significantly better for public data with a mean Se of 96.6%, Sp of 98.8% and BER 2.2% compared to a mean Se of 94.7%, Sp of 96.5% and BER 4.4% for OHCA data. OHCA data required two times more features than the data from public databases for an accurate detection (6 vs 3). No significant differences in performance were found for different segment lengths, the BER differences were below 0.5-points in all cases. Our results show that VF-detection is more challenging for OHCA data than for data from public databases, and that accurate VF-detection is possible with segments as short as 4-s. PMID:27441719

  13. Machine Learning Techniques for the Detection of Shockable Rhythms in Automated External Defibrillators

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    Irusta, Unai; Morgado, Eduardo; Aramendi, Elisabete; Ayala, Unai; Wik, Lars; Kramer-Johansen, Jo; Eftestøl, Trygve; Alonso-Atienza, Felipe

    2016-01-01

    Early recognition of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and electrical therapy are key for the survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients treated with automated external defibrillators (AED). AED algorithms for VF-detection are customarily assessed using Holter recordings from public electrocardiogram (ECG) databases, which may be different from the ECG seen during OHCA events. This study evaluates VF-detection using data from both OHCA patients and public Holter recordings. ECG-segments of 4-s and 8-s duration were analyzed. For each segment 30 features were computed and fed to state of the art machine learning (ML) algorithms. ML-algorithms with built-in feature selection capabilities were used to determine the optimal feature subsets for both databases. Patient-wise bootstrap techniques were used to evaluate algorithm performance in terms of sensitivity (Se), specificity (Sp) and balanced error rate (BER). Performance was significantly better for public data with a mean Se of 96.6%, Sp of 98.8% and BER 2.2% compared to a mean Se of 94.7%, Sp of 96.5% and BER 4.4% for OHCA data. OHCA data required two times more features than the data from public databases for an accurate detection (6 vs 3). No significant differences in performance were found for different segment lengths, the BER differences were below 0.5-points in all cases. Our results show that VF-detection is more challenging for OHCA data than for data from public databases, and that accurate VF-detection is possible with segments as short as 4-s. PMID:27441719

  14. Machine Learning Techniques for the Detection of Shockable Rhythms in Automated External Defibrillators.

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    Carlos Figuera

    Full Text Available Early recognition of ventricular fibrillation (VF and electrical therapy are key for the survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA patients treated with automated external defibrillators (AED. AED algorithms for VF-detection are customarily assessed using Holter recordings from public electrocardiogram (ECG databases, which may be different from the ECG seen during OHCA events. This study evaluates VF-detection using data from both OHCA patients and public Holter recordings. ECG-segments of 4-s and 8-s duration were analyzed. For each segment 30 features were computed and fed to state of the art machine learning (ML algorithms. ML-algorithms with built-in feature selection capabilities were used to determine the optimal feature subsets for both databases. Patient-wise bootstrap techniques were used to evaluate algorithm performance in terms of sensitivity (Se, specificity (Sp and balanced error rate (BER. Performance was significantly better for public data with a mean Se of 96.6%, Sp of 98.8% and BER 2.2% compared to a mean Se of 94.7%, Sp of 96.5% and BER 4.4% for OHCA data. OHCA data required two times more features than the data from public databases for an accurate detection (6 vs 3. No significant differences in performance were found for different segment lengths, the BER differences were below 0.5-points in all cases. Our results show that VF-detection is more challenging for OHCA data than for data from public databases, and that accurate VF-detection is possible with segments as short as 4-s.

  15. Temporal Trends in Coverage of Historical Cardiac Arrests Using a Volunteer-Based Network of Automated External Defibrillators Accessible to Laypersons and Emergency Dispatch Centers

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    Malta Hansen, Carolina; Knudsen Lippert, Freddy; Wissenberg, Mads;

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: -Although increased dissemination of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) has been associated with more frequent AED use, the trade-off between the number of deployed AEDs and coverage of cardiac arrests remains unclear. We investigated how volunteer-based AED dissemination affect...

  16. Systematic downloading and analysis of data from automated external defibrillators used in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

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    Hansen, Marco Bo; Lippert, Freddy Knudsen; Rasmussen, Lars Simon;

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Valuable information can be retrieved from automated external defibrillators (AEDs) used in victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We describe our experience with systematic downloading of data from deployed AEDs. The primary aim was to compare the proportion of shockable...... rhythm from AEDs used by laypersons with the corresponding proportion recorded by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on arrival. METHODS: In a 20-month study, we collected data on OHCAs in the Capital Region of Denmark where an AED was deployed prior to arrival of EMS. The AEDs were brought to the...... emergency medical dispatch centre for data downloading and rhythm analysis. Patient data were retrieved from the medical records from the admitting hospital, whereas data on EMS rhythm analyses were obtained from the Danish Cardiac Arrest Register between 2001 and 2010. RESULTS: A total of 121 AEDs were...

  17. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and placement of automated external defibrillators in the community

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    Folke, Fredrik

    2010-01-01

    INDLEDNING Chancen for at overleve et hjertestop udenfor hospital er i de første minutter efter kollaps afhængig af hjælpen fra nærmeste tilstedeværende. Dette har faciliteret strategier for placering af automatiske eksterne defibrillatorer (AED) i det offentlige rum og muliggjort hurtig defibril...

  18. Effects of introducing a voluntary virtual patient module to a basic life support with an automated external defibrillator course: a randomised trial

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    Kononowicz Andrzej A; Krawczyk Paweł; Cebula Grzegorz; Dembkowska Marta; Drab Edyta; Frączek Bartosz; Stachoń Aleksandra J; Andres Janusz

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background The concept of virtual patients (VPs) encompasses a great variety of predominantly case-based e-learning modules with different complexity and fidelity levels. Methods for effective placement of VPs in the process of medical education are sought. The aim of this study was to determine whether the introduction of a voluntary virtual patients module into a basic life support with an automated external defibrillator (BLS-AED) course improved the knowledge and skills of studen...

  19. Optimal Installation Locations for Automated External Defibrillators in Taipei 7-Eleven Stores: Using GIS and a Genetic Algorithm with a New Stirring Operator

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    Chung-Yuan Huang; Tzai-Hung Wen

    2014-01-01

    Immediate treatment with an automated external defibrillator (AED) increases out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patient survival potential. While considerable attention has been given to determining optimal public AED locations, spatial and temporal factors such as time of day and distance from emergency medical services (EMSs) are understudied. Here we describe a geocomputational genetic algorithm with a new stirring operator (GANSO) that considers spatial and temporal cardiac arrest occu...

  20. Effectiveness of teaching automated external defibrillators use using a traditional classroom instruction versus self-instruction video in non-critical care nurses

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    Ismail M. Saiboon; Reza M. Qamruddin; Johar M. Jaafar; Afliza A. Bakar; Faizal A. Hamzah; Ho S. Eng; Colin E. Robertson

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness and retention of learning automated external defibrillator (AED) usage taught through a traditional classroom instruction (TCI) method versus a novel self instructed video (SIV) technique in non-critical care nurses (NCCN). Methods: A prospective single-blind randomized study was conducted over 7 months (April-October 2014) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Eighty nurses were randomized into either TCI ...

  1. The Effect of the Duration of Basic Life Support Training on the Learners’ Cardiopulmonary and Automated External Defibrillator Skills

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    Jin Hyuck Lee

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Basic life support (BLS training with hands-on practice can improve performance during simulated cardiac arrest, although the optimal duration for BLS training is unknown. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of various BLS training durations for acquiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED skills. Methods. We randomised 485 South Korean nonmedical college students into four levels of BLS training: level 1 (40 min, level 2 (80 min, level 3 (120 min, and level 4 (180 min. Before and after each level, the participants completed questionnaires regarding their willingness to perform CPR and use AEDs, and their psychomotor skills for CPR and AED use were assessed using a manikin with Skill-Reporter™ software. Results. There were no significant differences between levels 1 and 2, although levels 3 and 4 exhibited significant differences in the proportion of overall adequate chest compressions (p<0.001 and average chest compression depth (p=0.003. All levels exhibited a greater posttest willingness to perform CPR and use AEDs (all, p<0.001. Conclusions. Brief BLS training provided a moderate level of skill for performing CPR and using AEDs. However, high-quality skills for CPR required longer and hands-on training, particularly hands-on training with AEDs.

  2. The Effect of the Duration of Basic Life Support Training on the Learners' Cardiopulmonary and Automated External Defibrillator Skills

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    Kang, Ku Hyun; Song, Keun Jeong; Lee, Chang Hee

    2016-01-01

    Background. Basic life support (BLS) training with hands-on practice can improve performance during simulated cardiac arrest, although the optimal duration for BLS training is unknown. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of various BLS training durations for acquiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) skills. Methods. We randomised 485 South Korean nonmedical college students into four levels of BLS training: level 1 (40 min), level 2 (80 min), level 3 (120 min), and level 4 (180 min). Before and after each level, the participants completed questionnaires regarding their willingness to perform CPR and use AEDs, and their psychomotor skills for CPR and AED use were assessed using a manikin with Skill-Reporter™ software. Results. There were no significant differences between levels 1 and 2, although levels 3 and 4 exhibited significant differences in the proportion of overall adequate chest compressions (p < 0.001) and average chest compression depth (p = 0.003). All levels exhibited a greater posttest willingness to perform CPR and use AEDs (all, p < 0.001). Conclusions. Brief BLS training provided a moderate level of skill for performing CPR and using AEDs. However, high-quality skills for CPR required longer and hands-on training, particularly hands-on training with AEDs. PMID:27529066

  3. The Effect of the Duration of Basic Life Support Training on the Learners' Cardiopulmonary and Automated External Defibrillator Skills.

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    Lee, Jin Hyuck; Cho, Youngsuk; Kang, Ku Hyun; Cho, Gyu Chong; Song, Keun Jeong; Lee, Chang Hee

    2016-01-01

    Background. Basic life support (BLS) training with hands-on practice can improve performance during simulated cardiac arrest, although the optimal duration for BLS training is unknown. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of various BLS training durations for acquiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) skills. Methods. We randomised 485 South Korean nonmedical college students into four levels of BLS training: level 1 (40 min), level 2 (80 min), level 3 (120 min), and level 4 (180 min). Before and after each level, the participants completed questionnaires regarding their willingness to perform CPR and use AEDs, and their psychomotor skills for CPR and AED use were assessed using a manikin with Skill-Reporter™ software. Results. There were no significant differences between levels 1 and 2, although levels 3 and 4 exhibited significant differences in the proportion of overall adequate chest compressions (p < 0.001) and average chest compression depth (p = 0.003). All levels exhibited a greater posttest willingness to perform CPR and use AEDs (all, p < 0.001). Conclusions. Brief BLS training provided a moderate level of skill for performing CPR and using AEDs. However, high-quality skills for CPR required longer and hands-on training, particularly hands-on training with AEDs. PMID:27529066

  4. Automated external defibrillators, life vest defibrillator, or both%体外自动除颤器、救生衣除颤器的使用或两者同时使用?

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    C.RichardConti; 杨渊; 丁荣晶

    2012-01-01

    As most understand,survival of cardiac arrest victims falls significantly if cardioversion is not performed promptly.The standard of practice for out-of-hospital defibrilhtion is the implantable cardiac defibrillator; however, much has been written and discussed about the use of automated external defibrillators.Not as much has been written about life vest wearable defibrillators.How to use these devices will be reviewed in this article.%医院外除颤临床上推荐使用埋藏式心律转复除颤器(Implantable cardiac defibrillator,ICD),关于体外自动除颤器(automated external defibrillators,AED)的使用和讨论也比较多,救生衣除颤器的报道则较少.Winkle[1]在近期综述指出,美国每年有数十万的院外患者死于心脏骤停.众所周知,心脏骤停患者如果未及时得到心脏电复律,生存的机会非常低.电生理学家在给患者置入ICD后,常通过诱发心室颤动并立即除颤来检测ICD功能.这强调了早期除颤是提高生存率的关键.一般来说,除非ICD不能正常工作,置入ICD的患者不需要心肺复苏.

  5. Life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia due to silent coronary artery spasm: usefulness of I-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy for detecting coronary artery spasm in the era of automated external defibrillators: a case report

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    Kaku, Bunji; Katsuda, Shoji; Taguchi, Tomio

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Cardiac arrhythmia is sometimes life-threatening, and automated external defibrillators are presently used in some countries. Coronary artery spasm is one of the primary causes of life-threatening arrhythmia. In general, chest symptoms are key indicators of possible coronary artery spasm; however, if chest symptoms are not present, clinicians may not suspect this disease. We encountered a patient who had recovered from ventricular fibrillation treated by using an automated extern...

  6. Role and Application of Automated External Defibrillator%自动体外除颤仪——角色与应用

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    赵达明

    2008-01-01

    介绍了自动体外除颤仪(Automated External Defibrillator,AED)的实用功能与便捷操作以及它在"公众启动除颤",计划中所扮演的角色.阐述了如何在急救中将AED与心肺复苏有机地衔接起来,即救援人员力争尽快使用AED对可除颤性心脏骤停实施早期电除颤,并立即接以胸部心脏按压.指出了中国AED的应用现状与不足,并对AED的发展前景进行了展望.

  7. Optimal installation locations for automated external defibrillators in Taipei 7-Eleven stores: using GIS and a genetic algorithm with a new stirring operator.

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    Huang, Chung-Yuan; Wen, Tzai-Hung

    2014-01-01

    Immediate treatment with an automated external defibrillator (AED) increases out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patient survival potential. While considerable attention has been given to determining optimal public AED locations, spatial and temporal factors such as time of day and distance from emergency medical services (EMSs) are understudied. Here we describe a geocomputational genetic algorithm with a new stirring operator (GANSO) that considers spatial and temporal cardiac arrest occurrence factors when assessing the feasibility of using Taipei 7-Eleven stores as installation locations for AEDs. Our model is based on two AED conveyance modes, walking/running and driving, involving service distances of 100 and 300 meters, respectively. Our results suggest different AED allocation strategies involving convenience stores in urban settings. In commercial areas, such installations can compensate for temporal gaps in EMS locations when responding to nighttime OHCA incidents. In residential areas, store installations can compensate for long distances from fire stations, where AEDs are currently held in Taipei. PMID:25045396

  8. Basic life support and automated external defibrillator skills among ambulance personnel: a manikin study performed in a rural low-volume ambulance setting

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    Nielsen Anne

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ambulance personnel play an essential role in the ‘Chain of Survival’. The prognosis after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was dismal on a rural Danish island and in this study we assessed the cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance of ambulance personnel on that island. Methods The Basic Life Support (BLS and Automated External Defibrillator (AED skills of the ambulance personnel were tested in a simulated cardiac arrest. Points were given according to a scoring sheet. One sample t test was used to analyze the deviation from optimal care according to the 2005 guidelines. After each assessment, individual feedback was given. Results On 3 consecutive days, we assessed the individual EMS teams responding to OHCA on the island. Overall, 70% of the maximal points were achieved. The hands-off ratio was 40%. Correct compression/ventilation ratio (30:2 was used by 80%. A mean compression depth of 40–50 mm was achieved by 55% and the mean compression depth was 42 mm (SD 7 mm. The mean compression rate was 123 per min (SD 15/min. The mean tidal volume was 746 ml (SD 221 ml. Only the mean tidal volume deviated significantly from the recommended (p = 0.01. During the rhythm analysis, 65% did not perform any visual or verbal safety check. Conclusion The EMS providers achieved 70% of the maximal points. Tidal volumes were larger than recommended when mask ventilation was applied. Chest compression depth was optimally performed by 55% of the staff. Defibrillation safety checks were not performed in 65% of EMS providers.

  9. Optimal Installation Locations for Automated External Defibrillators in Taipei 7-Eleven Stores: Using GIS and a Genetic Algorithm with a New Stirring Operator

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    Chung-Yuan Huang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Immediate treatment with an automated external defibrillator (AED increases out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA patient survival potential. While considerable attention has been given to determining optimal public AED locations, spatial and temporal factors such as time of day and distance from emergency medical services (EMSs are understudied. Here we describe a geocomputational genetic algorithm with a new stirring operator (GANSO that considers spatial and temporal cardiac arrest occurrence factors when assessing the feasibility of using Taipei 7-Eleven stores as installation locations for AEDs. Our model is based on two AED conveyance modes, walking/running and driving, involving service distances of 100 and 300 meters, respectively. Our results suggest different AED allocation strategies involving convenience stores in urban settings. In commercial areas, such installations can compensate for temporal gaps in EMS locations when responding to nighttime OHCA incidents. In residential areas, store installations can compensate for long distances from fire stations, where AEDs are currently held in Taipei.

  10. Defibrillation efficacy of a newly developed automated external defibrillator in a swine ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation model%自主研发体外自动除颤器的实验研究

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    惠杰; 蒋文平; 谷云飞; 邬小玫; 朱宗成; 宋建平; 杨向军; 刘志华; 蒋廷波; 方祖祥

    2009-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the recognition and defibrillation efficiency of a newly developed automated extemal defibrillator (AED). Method Ventricular tachycardia (VT) /ventricular fibrillation (VF) was induced by alternating current (50 Hz) through an electrode placed on apex of right ventricle in 23 anesthetized swine and recorded, recognized and defibrillated by a newly developed AED. Results A total of 96 VF was induced and 145 defibrillations were recorded. We analyzed available 167 electrocardiosignal with a total length of 103 740 seconds. The accuracy, sensitivity and the specificity of the AED on VT/VF recognition are 99.5%, 98.2% and 99.6%, respectively. The success rate of defibrillation was 33.4% which increased in proportion to defibrillation energy. The defibrillation threshold of energy is 29.10-116.91 (78.75±35.64 ) J, the defibrillation threshold of electric quantity is (0.11±0.04)C and the defibrillation threshold of voltage is (1216.67±260.87) V. Conclusions This newly developed AED has high sensitivity and the specificity on recognizing VT/VF. The lower success rate of defibrillation of this AED is associated with the low defibrillation energy during defibrillation which needs to be improved on further development.%目的 评价自主设计和研制体外自动除颤器(AED)对室性心动过速(室速)/心室颤动(室颤)识别的敏感性、特异性以及除颤效果.方法 应用交流电刺激实验动物诱发室速/室颤,记录并分析AED对窜速/室颤的识别以及除颤放电的整个过程,评价其诊断识别和除颤性能.结果 诱颤96次,除颤145次,记录心电数据167段次,共计103 740 S.室速/室颤的识别准确性为99.5%,敏感性为98.2%,特异性为99.6%.除颤成功率和除颤能量呈正相关,成功除颤的能量阈值为(78.75±35.64)J,电量阈值为(0.11±0.04)C,电压阈值为(1216.67±260.87)V.结论 自主研制的AED具有较高的识别敏感性和特异性,其识别和

  11. Effectiveness of teaching automated external defibrillators use using a traditional classroom instruction versus self-instruction video in non-critical care nurses

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    Saiboon, Ismail M.; Qamruddin, Reza M.; BAO, MBBch; Jaafar, Johar M.; Bakar, Afliza A.; Hamzah, Faizal A.; Eng, Ho S.; Robertson, Colin E.

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness and retention of learning automated external defibrillator (AED) usage taught through a traditional classroom instruction (TCI) method versus a novel self instructed video (SIV) technique in non-critical care nurses (NCCN). Methods: A prospective single-blind randomized study was conducted over 7 months (April-October 2014) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Eighty nurses were randomized into either TCI or SIV instructional techniques. We assessed knowledge, skill and confidence level at baseline, immediate and 6-months post-intervention. Knowledge and confidence were assessed via questionnaire; skill was assessed by a calibrated and blinded independent assessor using an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) method. Results: Pre-test mean scores for knowledge in the TCI group was 10.87 ± 2.34, and for the SIV group was 10.37 ± 1.85 (maximum achievable score 20.00); 4.05 ± 2.87 in the TCI and 3.71 ± 2.66 in the SIV (maximum score 11.00) in the OSCE evaluation and 9.54 ± 3.65 in the TCI and 8.56 ± 3.47 in the SIV (maximum score 25.00) in the individual’s personal confidence level. Both methods increased the mean scores significantly during immediate post-intervention (0-month). At 6-months, the TCI group scored lower than the SIV group in all aspects 11.13 ± 2.70 versus 12.95 ± 2.26 (p=0.03) in knowledge, 7.27 ± 1.62 versus 7.68 ± 1.73 (p=0.47) in the OSCE, and 16.40 ± 2.72 versus 18.82 ± 3.40 (p=0.03) in confidence level. Conclusion: In NCCN’s, SIV is as good as TCI in providing the knowledge, competency, and confidence in performing AED defibrillation. PMID:27052286

  12. Effects of introducing a voluntary virtual patient module to a basic life support with an automated external defibrillator course: a randomised trial

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    Kononowicz Andrzej A

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The concept of virtual patients (VPs encompasses a great variety of predominantly case-based e-learning modules with different complexity and fidelity levels. Methods for effective placement of VPs in the process of medical education are sought. The aim of this study was to determine whether the introduction of a voluntary virtual patients module into a basic life support with an automated external defibrillator (BLS-AED course improved the knowledge and skills of students taking the course. Methods Half of the students were randomly assigned to an experimental group and given voluntary access to a virtual patient module consisting of six cases presenting BLS-AED knowledge and skills. Pre- and post-course knowledge tests and skills assessments were performed, as well as a survey of students' satisfaction with the VP usage. In addition, time spent using the virtual patient system, percentage of screen cards viewed and scores in the formative questions in the VP system throughout the course were traced and recorded. Results The study was conducted over a six week period and involved 226 first year medical students. The voluntary module was used by 61 (54% of the 114 entitled study participants. The group that used VPs demonstrated better results in knowledge acquisition and in some key BLS-AED action skills than the group without access, or those students from the experimental group deliberately not using virtual patients. Most of the students rated the combination of VPs and corresponding teaching events positively. Conclusions The overall positive reaction of students and encouraging results in knowledge and skills acquisition suggest that the usage of virtual patients in a BLS-AED course on a voluntary basis is feasible and should be further investigated.

  13. 自动体外除颤仪对猪心肺复苏的效果及对心功能的影响%Effect of automated external defibrillator on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and cardiac function

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    王烁; 武军元; 李春盛

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficiency and safety of the automated external defibrillator (AED); and to compare the defibrillating efficacy between the domestic AED and the imported AED. Method Fourteen Peking white swine weighed (30 ± 1 ) kg, were anaesthetized and arterial cannula was inserted into the left femoral artery for collecting blood samples and measuring artery blood pressure, cardiac output (CO) and external vascular lung water index (EVWI) by using PiCCO monitor, and another cannula was inserted into the left femoral vein to place an electrode as a temporary pace maker, and then ventricular fibrillation (VF) was induced by using a programmed electrical stimulation instrument. The swine were divided into two groups randomly ( random number) after VF was confirmed by electrocardio-monitor,and the domestic made AED (M group, n = 7) or imported AED (Z group, n = 7) were used respectively in 7 swine of each group. The electrodes of defibrillator were stuck to the precordium and sternum separately, and defibrillation was delivered by the AED signal. The entire procedure of defibrillation was repeated four times. The number of defibrillation delivery required to get normal cardiac rhythm was recorded. Twenty minutes after restoration of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), blood sample was taken to measure myocardial enzyme. The CO and EVWI were measured too. Measurement data was analyzed by repeated ANOVA and enumeration data was analyzed by Chi-square test. A value of P <0.05 was regarded as being significant statistical difference. Results There were 54 episodes of VF induced in 14 swine and only one swine in Z group was dead after 2nd episode of VF, resulting in 98.1% success rate of resuscitation. There were 37 defibrillation deliveries given to swine of M group, and 75.0% produced normal cardiac rhythm after the first delivery of defibrillation,whereas 80.0% in Z group after 32 defibrillation deliveries. The length of time from AED turned on to the

  14. Conocimiento del desfibrilador automático externo (DEA por parte de candidatos a instructores en reanimación básica Trainee basic reanimation instructors' knowledge concerning an automated external defibrillator (DEA

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    NavarroVargas José Ricardo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Antecedentes. El uso apropiado del desfibrilador automático externo (DEA hace parte del tercer eslabón de la cadena de supervivencia, fundamental para el manejo del paro cardiaco más frecuente en el adulto, la Fibrilación Ventricular (FV. La capacitación en las maniobras básicas de reanimación tiene 3 estaciones de trabajo: la RCP o maniobras de compresiones y ventilaciones, el manejo de la obstrucción de la vía aérea y el manejo del DEA. Objetivo. Evaluar el conocimiento previo que tienen sobre el DEA, los aspirantes a instructores en Reanimación Cardiocerebropulmonar (RCCP Básico. Material y Métodos. Estudio de corte transversal descriptivo, en asistentes al taller de formación de instructores en RCCP Básico (n=4 residentes de anestesiología y 29 anestesiólogos, durante el Congreso Peruano de Anestesiología (octubre de 2012. En la estación de manejo del DEA se realizó un taller de formación de instructores en RCCP Básico a 4 residentes de anestesiología y 29 anestesiólogos. En la estación del manejo del DEA se realizó una encuesta a partir de 3 interrogantes básicos: ¿para qué sirve?, los factores que interfieren en su funcionamiento y las indicaciones. Resultados. Los 33 asistentes respondieron la encuesta. 17 participantes, respondieron correctamente la primera pregunta. En la segunda pregunta, 14 participantes no propusieron ningún factor; 11 acertaron con un solo factor, 3 con 2 factores y 5 con 3 factores. En la tercera pregunta, 14 contestaron correctamente. Conclusión. Este estudio encontró un desconocimiento al ingreso al taller, de los principios básicos del DEA. Se sugiere continuar con los lineamientos básicos de enseñanza en el manejo del DEA y de renovar la adquisición de estas competencias en un periodo no mayor de 2 años.Background. The proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED forms part of the third link in the chain of survival; it is fundamental in managing ventricular

  15. Estimation of current density distribution under electrodes for external defibrillation

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    Papazov Sava P

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Transthoracic defibrillation is the most common life-saving technique for the restoration of the heart rhythm of cardiac arrest victims. The procedure requires adequate application of large electrodes on the patient chest, to ensure low-resistance electrical contact. The current density distribution under the electrodes is non-uniform, leading to muscle contraction and pain, or risks of burning. The recent introduction of automatic external defibrillators and even wearable defibrillators, presents new demanding requirements for the structure of electrodes. Method and Results Using the pseudo-elliptic differential equation of Laplace type with appropriate boundary conditions and applying finite element method modeling, electrodes of various shapes and structure were studied. The non-uniformity of the current density distribution was shown to be moderately improved by adding a low resistivity layer between the metal and tissue and by a ring around the electrode perimeter. The inclusion of openings in long-term wearable electrodes additionally disturbs the current density profile. However, a number of small-size perforations may result in acceptable current density distribution. Conclusion The current density distribution non-uniformity of circular electrodes is about 30% less than that of square-shaped electrodes. The use of an interface layer of intermediate resistivity, comparable to that of the underlying tissues, and a high-resistivity perimeter ring, can further improve the distribution. The inclusion of skin aeration openings disturbs the current paths, but an appropriate selection of number and size provides a reasonable compromise.

  16. What Is an Automated External Defibrillator?

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  17. Uso do desfibrilador automático externo no ambiente pré-hospitalar peruano: melhorando a resposta a emergências na América Latina Use of automated external defibrillator in Peruvian out-of-hospital environment: improving emergency response in Latin America

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    Pablo Lister

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Este relato de caso reporta o atendimento pré-hospitalar de um paciente com fatores de risco atendido pelo serviço pré-hospitalar ao ser acometido por uma parada cardíaca e apresentar fibrilação ventricular. O paciente foi atendido seguindo os padrões de suporte básico de vida e suporte cardiovascular avançado. Um desfibrilador automático externo (DAE foi aplicado com resultados favoráveis e o paciente se recuperou do quadro de perigo de vida com sucesso. Este é o primeiro relato documentado com resultados favoráveis no Peru, na área de atendimento pré-hospitalar e enfatiza a necessidade de serem adotadas políticas de acesso público à desfibrilação precoce.El presente reporte de caso, relata la atencion prehospitalaria de un paciente con factores de riesgo atendido en el area prehospitalaria al sufrir arresto cardiaco y presentar fibrilacion ventricular. El paciente fue atendido bajo estandares de Soporte Basico Vital y Soporte Cardiovascular Avanzado Vital, se aplico un Desfibrilador Automatizado Externo (DEA con resultado favorable y exito al recuperar al paciente de su condicion de compromiso de vida. Este es el primer reporte documentado con resultado favorable en el pais, en el area prehospitalaria y refuerza la conveniencia de adoptar politicas de Acceso Publico a la Desfibrilacion Temprana.This case report relates out-of-hospital care to a patient with risk factors treated in the out-of-hospital services after cardiac arrest and ventricular fibrillation. The patient was treated according to the standards of basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support; by applying an automated external defibrillator (AED with favorable outcome and successful recovery of the patient from his risk of life condition. This is the first documented report with a favorable outcome in Peru, in out-of-hospital services and stresses the desirability of adopting policies for public access to early defibrillation.

  18. Differences between out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in residential and public locations and implications for public-access defibrillation

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    Folke, Fredrik; Gislason, Gunnar H; Lippert, Freddy; Nielsen, Søren L; Weeke, Peter; Hansen, Morten L; Fosbøl, Emil L; Andersen, Søren; Rasmussen, Søren; Schramm, Tina K; Køber, Lars; Torp-Pedersen, Christian

    2010-01-01

    The majority of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) occur in residential locations, but knowledge about strategic placement of automated external defibrillators in residential areas is lacking. We examined whether residential OHCA areas suitable for placement of automated external...... defibrillators could be identified on the basis of demographic characteristics and characterized individuals with OHCA in residential locations....

  19. Ressuscitação cardiopulmonar com a utilização do desfibrilador externo semi-automático: avaliação do processo ensino-aprendizagem Resucitador cardiopulmonar con utilización del disfibrilador externo semiautomático: evaluación del proceso enseñanza-aprendizaje Cardiopulmonary resuscitation with semi-automated external defibrillator: assessment of the teaching-learning process

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    Ana Maria Kazue Miyadahira

    2008-09-01

    that, for every minute delayed on defibrillating a heart arrest patient, survival chances decrease by 10%, and that the same chances of survival are 98% effective when it is employed within 30 seconds. While attending a heart arrest patient, it is crucial that the use of external semi-automated defibrillator (AED is included in the training. The purpose of the present study is to compare Psychomotor Ability and the Theoretical Knowledge of lay people on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR using AED, before and after training. This sample was composed of 40 administrative workers of a public institution that were trained on CPR technique using EAD, as an experiment. The significantly higher scores in the assessment instrument items of Psychomotor Ability and Theoretical Knowledge, after training, indicates that the participants have presented improvements in their performances.

  20. General anaesthesia for insertion of an automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator in a child with Brugada and autism

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    Shwetal Goraksha

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A 14-year-old autistic boy presented with acute gastroenteritis and hypotension. The electrocardiogram showed a ventricular fibrillation rhythm - he went into cardiorespiratory arrest and was immediately resuscitated. On investigation, the electrocardiogram showed a partial right bundle branch block with a "coved" pattern of ST elevation in leads v 1 -v 3 . A provisional diagnosis of Brugada syndrome was made, for which an automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD implantation was advised. Although the automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation is usually performed under sedation, because this was an autistic child, he needed general anaesthesia. We performed the procedure uneventfully under general anaesthesia and he was discharged after a short hospital stay.

  1. Towards the Automated Analysis and Database Development of Defibrillator Data from Cardiac Arrest

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    Trygve Eftestøl

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. During resuscitation of cardiac arrest victims a variety of information in electronic format is recorded as part of the documentation of the patient care contact and in order to be provided for case review for quality improvement. Such review requires considerable effort and resources. There is also the problem of interobserver effects. Objective. We show that it is possible to efficiently analyze resuscitation episodes automatically using a minimal set of the available information. Methods and Results. A minimal set of variables is defined which describe therapeutic events (compression sequences and defibrillations and corresponding patient response events (annotated rhythm transitions. From this a state sequence representation of the resuscitation episode is constructed and an algorithm is developed for reasoning with this representation and extract review variables automatically. As a case study, the method is applied to the data abstraction process used in the King County EMS. The automatically generated variables are compared to the original ones with accuracies ≥90% for 18 variables and ≥85% for the remaining four variables. Conclusions. It is possible to use the information present in the CPR process data recorded by the AED along with rhythm and chest compression annotations to automate the episode review.

  2. Genoplivning med automatisk ekstern defibrillator på hospital

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    Løfgren, Bo; Wahlgreen, Claus; Hoffmann, Anne Mette;

    2009-01-01

    Early defibrillation is a determinant of survival in cardiac arrest. We report a Danish case of successful in-hospital resuscitation using an automated external defibrillator (AED). This case illustrates important aspects of implementation of in-hospital use of an AED, i.e. location of the AED......, education of the staff, systematic registration and data collection and technical aspects of AED use. If in-hospital AED implementation is carefully executed, its use may provide a safe and effective way of obtaining early defibrillation. Udgivelsesdato: 2009-Jan-26...

  3. Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator

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    Full Text Available ... Over the next hour you'll see the implantation of an automated implantable cardiac defibrillator. The surgery ... evening we're going to be discussing the implantation of a defibrillator. It’s a battery-powered implantable ...

  4. 基于DSP的体外自动除颤仪研究%Research on Automatic External Defibrillator Based on DSP

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    景军; 丁景艳; 张玮; 洪文学

    2012-01-01

    Electrical defibrillation is the most effective way to treat the ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). An automatic external defibrillator based on DSP is introduced in this paper. The whole design consists of the signal collection module, the microprocessor controlingl module, the display module, the defibrillation module and the automatic recognition algorithm for VF and non VF, etc. This automatic external defibrillator has a-chieved goals such as ECG signal real-time acquisition, ECG wave synchronous display, data deliivering to U disk and automatic defibrillate when shockable rhythm appears, etc.%电击除颤是治疗室速(VT)和室颤(VF)的最有效的方法.本文提出了一种基于DSP的体外自动除颤仪设计方案,整个设计包括了信号采集模块、微处理器控制模块、显示模块、除颤模块及R波检测和VF与非VF自动识别算法等.本文设计的自动除颤仪实现了心电(ECG)数据实时采集、ECG波形同步显示、数据U盘导出、出现可电击复律心率时自动进行除颤等功能.

  5. Hvor er den automatiske eksterne defibrillator? Udvikling og uddannelse

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    Løfgren, Bo; Grove, Erik; Krarup, Niels Henrik

    2009-01-01

    The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation has presented a universal sign to indicate the presence of automated external defibrillators (AED). To disseminate the knowledge of this important signage, a review in a Danish context is presented. It is essential that the public in general and...

  6. Programa de capacitação em ressuscitação cardiorrespiratória com uso do desfibrilador externo automático em uma universidade Programa de formación en reanimación cardiopulmonar con el uso del desfibrilador externo automático en una universidad Training program on cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the use of automated external defibrillator in a university

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    Ana Paula Boaventura

    2012-03-01

    .Early defibrillation in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR receives increasing emphasis on its priority and rapidity. This is an experience report about the implementation of a training program in CPR using a defibrillator in a private university. The training program in basic CPR maneuvers was based on global guidelines, including a theorical course with practical demonstration of CPR maneuvers with the defibrillator, individual practical training and theoretical and practical assessments. About the performance of students in the practical assessment, the mean scores obtained by students in the first stage of the course was 26.4 points, while in the second stage the mean was 252.8 points; in the theoretical assessment the mean in the first stage was 3.06 points and in the second 9.0 points. The implementation of programs like this contribute to the effective acquisition of knowledge (theory and skill (pratice for the care of CPR victims.

  7. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

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    ... NHLBI on Twitter. What Is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator? An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small ... pacemakers and defibrillators. Comparison of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and a Pacemaker The image compares an ICD ...

  8. Basic life support and automated external defibrillator skills among ambulance personnel

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    Nielsen, Anne Møller; Isbye, Dan Lou; Lippert, Freddy Knudsen; Rasmussen, Lars Simon

    2012-01-01

    Ambulance personnel play an essential role in the 'Chain of Survival'. The prognosis after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was dismal on a rural Danish island and in this study we assessed the cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance of ambulance personnel on that island....

  9. Use and benefits of public access defibrillation in a nation-wide network

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    Nielsen, Anne Møller; Folke, Fredrik; Lippert, Freddy Knudsen;

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    BACKGROUND: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are known to increase survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The aim of this study was to examine the use and benefit of public-access defibrillation (PAD) in a nation-wide network. We primarily sought to assess survival at 1 month...... was connected to an OHCA victim prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 48 instances. Ten percent of bystanders were off-duty healthcare professionals. Shockable arrests (N=31, 70%) were significantly more likely to be witnessed (94% vs. 54%) to occur at sports facilities (74% vs...

  10. Nationwide Fluoroscopic Screening of Recalled Riata Defibrillator Leads in Denmark

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    Larsen, Jacob Mosgaard; Riahi, Sam; Nielsen, Jens C.;

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    The natural history of insulation defects with inside-out conductor externalization in recalled St Jude Medical Riata defibrillator leads is not well understood.......The natural history of insulation defects with inside-out conductor externalization in recalled St Jude Medical Riata defibrillator leads is not well understood....

  11. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator - discharge

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    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000108.htm Implantable cardioverter defibrillator - discharge To use the sharing features on this ... chest wall. A device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) was inserted under your skin and muscle. ...

  12. Pacemakers and Implantable Defibrillators

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    ... need a cardiac pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). They are devices that are implanted in ... can act as both a pacemaker and a defibrillator. Many ICDs also record the heart's electrical patterns ...

  13. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

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    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007370.htm Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a device that detects any life- ...

  14. Mechanisms of Defibrillation

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    Dosdall, Derek J.; Fast, Vladimir G.; Ideker, Raymond E.

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    Electrical shock has been the one effective treatment for ventricular fibrillation for several decades. With the advancement of electrical and optical mapping techniques, histology, and computer modeling, the mechanisms responsible for defibrillation are now coming to light. In this review, we discuss recent work that demonstrates the various mechanisms responsible for defibrillation. On the cellular level, membrane depolarization and electroporation affect defibrillation outcome. Cell bundle...

  15. Comparison of instructor-led automated external defibrillation training and three alternative DVD-based training methods

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    W. de Vries; N.M. Turner; K.G. Monsieurs; J.J.L.M. Bierens; R.W. Koster

    2010-01-01

    Background: Self-directed BLS-training, using a personal training manikin with video has been shown to be as effective as instructor-led training. This has not previously been investigated for AED-training. Materials and methods: This prospective, randomized study with a non-inferiority design compa

  16. THE USE OF CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION AND THE AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR IN THE PRACTICE OF SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY

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    During the initial assessment of the injured athlete, the Sports Physical Therapist (PT) must first be concerned with life-threatening emergencies such as absence of breathing and pulse. The sports PT must also be aware of the possibility of “sudden cardiac death” that could occur in others, including coaches, officials, and fans. If the PT assumes the role of “most medical” person at the contest or event, the responsibility for life saving action falls squarely on their shoulders. Therefore,...

  17. Location of cardiac arrest in a city center: strategic placement of automated external defibrillators in public locations

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    Folke, Fredrik; Lippert, Freddy; Nielsen, Søren Loumann;

    2009-01-01

    arrests were defined as those with 1 cardiac arrest every 2 or 5 years, respectively. There were 1274 cardiac arrests in public locations. According to the European Resuscitation Council or AHA guidelines, AEDs needed to be deployed in 1.2% and 10.6% of the city area, providing coverage for 19.5% (n=249......: All cardiac arrests in public in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1994 through 2005 were geographically located, as were 104 public AEDs placed by local initiatives. In accordance with European Resuscitation Council and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, areas with a high incidence of cardiac......) and 66.8% (n=851) of all cardiac arrests, respectively. The excessive cost of such AED deployments was estimated to be $33 100 or $41 000 per additional quality-adjusted life year, whereas unguided AED placement covering the entire city had an estimated cost of $108 700 per quality-adjusted life year...

  18. Defibrillator/monitor/pacemakers.

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    Defibrillator/monitors allow operators to assess and monitor a patient's ECG and, when necessary, deliver a defibrillating shock to the heart. When integral noninvasive pacing is added, the device is called a defibrillator/monitor/pacemaker. In this Evaluation, we present our findings for two newly evaluated models, the Welch Allyn PIC 50 and the Zoll M Series CCT, and we summarize our findings for the previously evaluated models that are still on the market. We rate the models for the following applications: general crash-cart use, in-hospital transport use, and emergency medical service (EMS) use. PMID:12827940

  19. Patient ECG recording control for an automatic implantable defibrillator

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    Fountain, Glen H. (Inventor); Lee, Jr., David G. (Inventor); Kitchin, David A. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    An implantable automatic defibrillator includes sensors which are placed on or near the patient's heart to detect electrical signals indicative of the physiology of the heart. The signals are digitally converted and stored into a FIFO region of a RAM by operation of a direct memory access (DMA) controller. The DMA controller operates transparently with respect to the microprocessor which is part of the defibrillator. The implantable defibrillator includes a telemetry communications circuit for sending data outbound from the defibrillator to an external device (either a patient controller or a physician's console or other) and a receiver for sensing at least an externally generated patient ECG recording command signal. The patient recording command signal is generated by the hand held patient controller. Upon detection of the patient ECG recording command, DMA copies the contents of the FIFO into a specific region of the RAM.

  20. Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator

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    Full Text Available Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator February 19, 2009 Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, FL Welcome to Halifax Health Daytona Beach, Florida. Over the next hour you' ...

  1. Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator

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  3. Differential effects of defibrillation on systemic and cardiac sympathetic activity

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    Bode, F; U. Wiegand; Raasch, W; Richardt, G.; Potratz, J

    1998-01-01

    Objective—To assess the effect of defibrillation shocks on cardiac and circulating catecholamines.
Design—Prospective examination of myocardial catecholamine balance during dc shock by simultaneous determination of arterial and coronary sinus plasma concentrations. Internal countershocks (10-34 J) were applied in 30 patients after initiation of ventricular fibrillation for a routine implantable cardioverter defibrillator test. Another 10 patients were externally cardioverted (50-360 J) for at...

  4. Behandling med implanterbar defibrillator

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    Roseva-Nielsen, Natasha G; Svendsen, Jesper Hastrup

    2003-01-01

    About 20 years ago the first patient received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), and since then the number of implants have increased dramatically. The ICD can terminate ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Studies of secondary prophylaxis show that ICD treatment can...

  5. Cardioverter-Defibrillator: A Treatment for Arrhythmia

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    MENU Return to Web version Arrhythmia | Cardioverter-Defibrillator: A Treatment for Arrhythmia What is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator? An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (often called an ICD) is a device that keeps ...

  6. Assessment of the Efficacy of Pulsed Biphasic Defibrillation Shocks for Treatment of Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest

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    Jean-Philippe Didon

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates the efficacy of a Pulsed Biphasic Waveform (PBW for treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA patients in ventricular fibrillation (VF. Large database (2001-2006, collected with automated external defibrillators (AED, (FRED®, Schiller Medical SAS, France, is processed.In Study1 we compared the defibrillation efficacy of two energy stacks (90-130-180 J vs. (130-130-180 J in 248 OHCA VF patients. The analysis of the first shock PBW efficacy proves that energies as low as 90 J are able to terminate VF in a large proportion of OHCA patients (77% at 5 s and 69% at 30 s. Although the results show a trend towards the benefit of higher energy PBW with 130 J (86% at 5 s, 73% at 30 s, the difference in shock efficacy does not reach statistical significance. Both PBW energy stacks (90-130-180 J and (130-130-180 J achieve equal success rates of defibrillation. Analysis of the post-shock rhythm after the first shock is also provided.For Study2 of 21 patients with PBW shocks (130-130-180 J, we assessed some attending OHCA circumstances: call-to-shock delay (median 16min, range 11-41 min, phone advices of CPR (67%. About 50% of the patients were admitted alive to hospital, and 19% were discharged from hospital. After the first shock, patients admitted to hospital are more often presenting organized rhythm (OR (27% to 55% than patients not admitted (0% to 10%, with significant difference at 15 s and 30 s. Post-shock VFs appear significantly rare until 15s for patients admitted to hospital (0% to 9% than for patients not admitted to hospital (40% to 50%. Return of OR (ROOR and efficacy to defibrillate VF at 5 s and 15 s with first shock are important markers to predict patient admission to hospital.

  7. Externalities

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    Verhoef Erik T.

    1997-01-01

    This paper discusses the concept of ‘externalities ‘. It starts with a brief discussion of market failures in the neoclassical economic framework. It then proceeds to a definition of externalities, thereby distinguishing external effects from other sorts of ‘unpriced effects ‘. Finally, some attention is paid to the relation, and tension, between efficiency and equity impacts of externalities.

  8. Automated Microscopy: Macro Language Controlling a Confocal Microscope and its External Illumination: Adaptation for Photosynthetic Organisms.

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    Steinbach, Gábor; Kaňa, Radek

    2016-04-01

    Photosynthesis research employs several biophysical methods, including the detection of fluorescence. Even though fluorescence is a key method to detect photosynthetic efficiency, it has not been applied/adapted to single-cell confocal microscopy measurements to examine photosynthetic microorganisms. Experiments with photosynthetic cells may require automation to perform a large number of measurements with different parameters, especially concerning light conditions. However, commercial microscopes support custom protocols (through Time Controller offered by Olympus or Experiment Designer offered by Zeiss) that are often unable to provide special set-ups and connection to external devices (e.g., for irradiation). Our new system combining an Arduino microcontroller with the Cell⊕Finder software was developed for controlling Olympus FV1000 and FV1200 confocal microscopes and the attached hardware modules. Our software/hardware solution offers (1) a text file-based macro language to control the imaging functions of the microscope; (2) programmable control of several external hardware devices (light sources, thermal controllers, actuators) during imaging via the Arduino microcontroller; (3) the Cell⊕Finder software with ergonomic user environment, a fast selection method for the biologically important cells and precise positioning feature that reduces unwanted bleaching of the cells by the scanning laser. Cell⊕Finder can be downloaded from http://www.alga.cz/cellfinder. The system was applied to study changes in fluorescence intensity in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 cells under long-term illumination. Thus, we were able to describe the kinetics of phycobilisome decoupling. Microscopy data showed that phycobilisome decoupling appears slowly after long-term (>1 h) exposure to high light. PMID:27050040

  9. The role of defibrillation testing.

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    Amit, Guy; Healey, Jeff S

    2015-09-01

    The induction and termination of ventricular fibrillation at the time of defibrillator insertion (defibrillation testing [DT]) has traditionally been an integral component of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation. However, over the last 10 years, published series suggested a high rate of first-shock efficacy for clinical ventricular arrhythmias, even if no DT was done. Over the same time, several published reports and series have shown uncommon but serious complications related to DT. Throughout the world, there has been a steady decline in the proportion of patients receiving an ICD who undergo DT, which, in many regions, is less than 50%. PMID:26304533

  10. 75 FR 70015 - External Defibrillators; Public Workshop

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    2010-11-16

    ... observed with these devices, and to promote innovation for next-generation devices that will bring safer... addition, to promote innovation and to better understand patient outcomes, FDA is collaborating with the... defined that will increase the diffusion of new technologies, enhance device interoperability, and...

  11. Electrostriction Effects During Defibrillation

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    Fritz, Michelle M; Roth, Bradley J

    2011-01-01

    Background-The electric field applied to the heart during defibrillation causes mechanical forces (electrostriction), and as a result the heart deforms. This paper analyses the physical origin of the deformation, and how significant it is. Methods-We represent the heart as an anisotropic cylinder. This simple geometry allows us to obtain analytical solutions for the potential, current density, charge, stress, and strain. Results-Charge induced on the heart surface in the presence of the electric field results in forces that deform the heart. In addition, the anisotropy of cardiac tissue creates a charge density throughout the tissue volume, leading to body forces. These two forces cause the tissue to deform in a complicated manner, with the anisotropy suppressing radial displacements in favor of tangential ones. Quantitatively, the deformation of the tissue is small, although it may be significant when using some imaging techniques that require the measurement of small displacements. Conclusions-The anisotrop...

  12. Elderly Benefit from Using Implantable Defibrillators

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    ... org Learn More Elderly benefit from using implantable defibrillators June 17, 2013 Categories: Heart News Study Highlights: Older people may benefit from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) as much as younger people. Overall health, ...

  13. The effects of pulse duration on efficacy of ventricular defibrillation%脉冲宽度对除颤效果的影响

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    谷云飞; 金军; 薛书峰; 陈剑锋; 贺慧娟; 段卡丹; 张守彦

    2013-01-01

    目的:通过动物实验,探讨不同脉冲宽度对室颤(VF)除颤效果的影响.方法:交流电刺激诱发猪VF,随机采用4ms+1 ms +4 ms和5ms+1ms+5ms两组不同脉冲宽度的双相波除颤,记录除颤成功次数,评价除颤阈值,统计比较两组除颤效果.结果:诱发VF80次,除颤成功25次.两组总的放电电压、能量、电量及除颤成功率无统计学差异;除颤阈值4ms+1ms+4ms组低于5 ms+1 ms+5 ms组.结论:脉冲宽度对除颤效果有影响,适当缩短脉冲宽度,可以减小除颤阈值并有提高除颤成功率的趋势.%Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of pulse duration on efficacy of ventricular defibrillation using automated external defibrillator (AED). Methods The pig's ventricular fibrillation (VF) was induced through alternating current (AC) ,then the pigs randomly received defibrillation with biphasic waveforms which pulse duration was 4 ms + 1 ms + 4 ms or 5 ms + 1 ms + 5 ms.Defibrillation thresholds (DFTs) and success rates were determined and analyzed by statistics. Results There are induced VF 80 episode and 25 achieve success.The two groups have no significant difference on total shock voltage , energy and electric quantity. But the defibrillation threshold of voltage , energy and electric quantity of 4 ms + 1 ms + 4 ms group were lower compare with 5 ms + 1 ms + 5 ms group(254.337 ± 93.191V Vs 310.818 ± 86.534V, P = 0.023; 9.811 ± 5.167J Vs 11.340 ± 8.086 J, P=0.047; 0.031 ± 0.011C Vs 0.037 ± 0.010C, P= 0.022). Conclusion The pulse duration is an important influence factor for defibrillation efficacy and we may decrease DFTs by shorten the pulse duration.

  14. 21 CFR 870.5325 - Defibrillator tester.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Defibrillator tester. 870.5325 Section 870.5325...) MEDICAL DEVICES CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES Cardiovascular Therapeutic Devices § 870.5325 Defibrillator tester. (a) Identification. A defibrillator tester is a device that is connected to the output of...

  15. Basal genoplivning af voksne og automatisk ekstern defibrillering

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    Berlac, P.A.; Lippert, F.K.; Torp-Pedersen, Christian Tobias

    2008-01-01

    The new ERC guidelines on resuscitation emphasize the importance of quality CPR. BLS should be started as early as possible. Lay rescuers should not check for a pulse, they should call for help and start chest compressions immediately. Compression depth should be 4-5 cm at a rate of 100 compressi...... ventilations followed by a compression-ventilation ratio of 15:2. Automatic External Defibrillation should be used as early as possible Udgivelsesdato: 2008/11/17...

  16. Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator

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  17. Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator

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  18. Model Checking Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

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    Abbas, Houssam; Jang, Kuk Jin; Jiang, Zhihao; Mangharam, Rahul

    2015-01-01

    Ventricular Fibrillation is a disorganized electrical excitation of the heart that results in inadequate blood flow to the body. It usually ends in death within seconds. The most common way to treat the symptoms of fibrillation is to implant a medical device, known as an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), in the patient's body. Model-based verification can supply rigorous proofs of safety and efficacy. In this paper, we build a hybrid system model of the human heart+ICD closed loop...

  19. Late Development of a Bronchocutaneous Fistula due to an Epicardial Cardioverter-Defibrillator Lead

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    Vasileios Patris

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous complications caused by a pacemaker or defibrillator are widely documented, but the development of a bronchocutaneous fistula has never been described before. We report the case of a 79-year-old man who was admitted to our hospital because of a seemingly superficial cutaneous infection, externalized defibrillator leads, and hemoptysis. Bronchoscopical investigation proved the existence of the fistula, which connected the epicardium, the left main bronchus, and the aforementioned site of skin infection. The patient refused an operation for the complete removal of the epicardial defibrillator and was treated conservatively. This case demonstrated that the long-term presence of foreign bodies in the epicardium may cause serious complications

  20. Towards Low Energy Atrial Defibrillation.

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    Walsh, Philip; Kodoth, Vivek; McEneaney, David; Rodrigues, Paola; Velasquez, Jose; Waterman, Niall; Escalona, Omar

    2015-01-01

    A wireless powered implantable atrial defibrillator consisting of a battery driven hand-held radio frequency (RF) power transmitter (ex vivo) and a passive (battery free) implantable power receiver (in vivo) that enables measurement of the intracardiac impedance (ICI) during internal atrial defibrillation is reported. The architecture is designed to operate in two modes: Cardiac sense mode (power-up, measure the impedance of the cardiac substrate and communicate data to the ex vivo power transmitter) and cardiac shock mode (delivery of a synchronised very low tilt rectilinear electrical shock waveform). An initial prototype was implemented and tested. In low-power (sense) mode, >5 W was delivered across a 2.5 cm air-skin gap to facilitate measurement of the impedance of the cardiac substrate. In high-power (shock) mode, >180 W (delivered as a 12 ms monophasic very-low-tilt-rectilinear (M-VLTR) or as a 12 ms biphasic very-low-tilt-rectilinear (B-VLTR) chronosymmetric (6ms/6ms) amplitude asymmetric (negative phase at 50% magnitude) shock was reliably and repeatedly delivered across the same interface; with >47% DC-to-DC (direct current to direct current) power transfer efficiency at a switching frequency of 185 kHz achieved. In an initial trial of the RF architecture developed, 30 patients with AF were randomised to therapy with an RF generated M-VLTR or B-VLTR shock using a step-up voltage protocol (50-300 V). Mean energy for successful cardioversion was 8.51 J ± 3.16 J. Subsequent analysis revealed that all patients who cardioverted exhibited a significant decrease in ICI between the first and third shocks (5.00 Ω (SD(σ) = 1.62 Ω), p power transfer and sensing of ICI during cardioversion are evidenced as key to the advancement of low-energy atrial defibrillation. PMID:26404298

  1. Intra-operative defibrillation testing and clinical shock efficacy in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators

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    Bänsch, Dietmar; Bonnemeier, Hendrik; Brandt, Johan;

    2015-01-01

    AIMS: This trial was designed to test the hypothesis that shock efficacy during follow-up is not impaired in patients implanted without defibrillation (DF) testing during first implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between February 2011 and July 2013, 1077...... within 30 days in 94 patients (17.6%) tested compared with 89 events in 74 patients (13.9%) not tested (P = 0.095). CONCLUSION: Defibrillation efficacy during follow-up is not inferior in patients with a 40 J ICD implanted without DF testing. Defibrillation testing during first time ICD implantation...

  2. Comparative studies of defibrillation effect of biphasic and unilateral wave defibrillator for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest%不同波形自动除颤仪在院外心肺复苏中的疗效比较

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    刘成杰; 关紫云; 李晚泉; 何明丰

    2012-01-01

    Objective To test different automated external defibrillators ( AED) waveforms in order to improve the CPR for the patients with out - of - hospital cardiac arrest. Methods In a randomized controlled trial, patients with out - of - hospital cardiac arrest requiring defibrillation were treated with 1 of 2 AED protocols. The experimental group was treated with biphasic defibrillator, the control group was treated with a unilateral waveform defibrillator. The rate of terminating arrhythmia, the rates of restoration of spontaneous circulation, survival rates to hospital were compared between low -energy biphasic defibrillation group and high - energy unilateral defibrillation. Results 830 patients were included in the final analysis. Experimental patients(n =417) had small energy 150 ~ 200 J while the controls(n =413) had 300 ~ 360 J. Different proportions survived to hospital admission (43.4% versus 27. 1% ,P <0.05) , survived to hospital discharge( 13. 4% versus 9. 8% ,P < 0. 05) , achieved return of spontaneous circulation before physician arrival ( 49. 4% versus 30. 9% , P < 0. 05 ) , and survived to 1 year( P = 0. 45 ) . Conclusion Biphasic wave defibrillator has better hemodynamic effect, which suggests that biphasic wave method results in more successful rate of resuscitation and survival to hospital admission.%目的 探讨抢救院外心脏骤停患者的最佳自动除颤仪(AED)治疗方案,旨在提高心脏按压时间和心肺复苏的效果.方法 通过前瞻性随机对照研究,对院外因室颤或者心脏停跳需要除颤的患者使用两种不同的除颤方法,试验组(n=417)采用双相波除颤仪,能量150~200 J;对照组(n=413)采用单相波除颤仪,能量300~360 J.主要观察低能量双相与高能量单相除颤两组患者心律失常成功终止率、自主循环恢复率、复苏后存活到院率.结果 共对符合研究要求的830例患者进行了分析研究.试验组患者的安全存活到院率、电击后自主循

  3. Automated detection of external ventricular and lumbar drain-related meningitis using laboratory and microbiology results and medication data.

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    Maaike S M van Mourik

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Monitoring of healthcare-associated infection rates is important for infection control and hospital benchmarking. However, manual surveillance is time-consuming and susceptible to error. The aim was, therefore, to develop a prediction model to retrospectively detect drain-related meningitis (DRM, a frequently occurring nosocomial infection, using routinely collected data from a clinical data warehouse. METHODS: As part of the hospital infection control program, all patients receiving an external ventricular (EVD or lumbar drain (ELD (2004 to 2009; n = 742 had been evaluated for the development of DRM through chart review and standardized diagnostic criteria by infection control staff; this was the reference standard. Children, patients dying <24 hours after drain insertion or with <1 day follow-up and patients with infection at the time of insertion or multiple simultaneous drains were excluded. Logistic regression was used to develop a model predicting the occurrence of DRM. Missing data were imputed using multiple imputation. Bootstrapping was applied to increase generalizability. RESULTS: 537 patients remained after application of exclusion criteria, of which 82 developed DRM (13.5/1000 days at risk. The automated model to detect DRM included the number of drains placed, drain type, blood leukocyte count, C-reactive protein, cerebrospinal fluid leukocyte count and culture result, number of antibiotics started during admission, and empiric antibiotic therapy. Discriminatory power of this model was excellent (area under the ROC curve 0.97. The model achieved 98.8% sensitivity (95% CI 88.0% to 99.9% and specificity of 87.9% (84.6% to 90.8%. Positive and negative predictive values were 56.9% (50.8% to 67.9% and 99.9% (98.6% to 99.9%, respectively. Predicted yearly infection rates concurred with observed infection rates. CONCLUSION: A prediction model based on multi-source data stored in a clinical data warehouse could accurately

  4. Towards Low Energy Atrial Defibrillation

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    Philip Walsh

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A wireless powered implantable atrial defibrillator consisting of a battery driven hand-held radio frequency (RF power transmitter (ex vivo and a passive (battery free implantable power receiver (in vivo that enables measurement of the intracardiac impedance (ICI during internal atrial defibrillation is reported. The architecture is designed to operate in two modes: Cardiac sense mode (power-up, measure the impedance of the cardiac substrate and communicate data to the ex vivo power transmitter and cardiac shock mode (delivery of a synchronised very low tilt rectilinear electrical shock waveform. An initial prototype was implemented and tested. In low-power (sense mode, >5 W was delivered across a 2.5 cm air-skin gap to facilitate measurement of the impedance of the cardiac substrate. In high-power (shock mode, >180 W (delivered as a 12 ms monophasic very-low-tilt-rectilinear (M-VLTR or as a 12 ms biphasic very-low-tilt-rectilinear (B-VLTR chronosymmetric (6ms/6ms amplitude asymmetric (negative phase at 50% magnitude shock was reliably and repeatedly delivered across the same interface; with >47% DC-to-DC (direct current to direct current power transfer efficiency at a switching frequency of 185 kHz achieved. In an initial trial of the RF architecture developed, 30 patients with AF were randomised to therapy with an RF generated M-VLTR or B-VLTR shock using a step-up voltage protocol (50–300 V. Mean energy for successful cardioversion was 8.51 J ± 3.16 J. Subsequent analysis revealed that all patients who cardioverted exhibited a significant decrease in ICI between the first and third shocks (5.00 Ω (SD(σ = 1.62 Ω, p < 0.01 while spectral analysis across frequency also revealed a significant variation in the impedance-amplitude-spectrum-area (IAMSA within the same patient group (|∆(IAMSAS1-IAMSAS3[1 Hz − 20 kHz] = 20.82 Ω-Hz (SD(σ = 10.77 Ω-Hz, p < 0.01; both trends being absent in all patients that failed to cardiovert

  5. External impact tests on communication systems for distribution automation; Gaibu impact ni taisuru jidoka system no shinraisei hyoka kenkyu (joho denso system ni tsuite)

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    Hirata, K.; Nakamura, O. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan); Gocho, Y. [Kansai Cable Service Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)

    1996-01-31

    For the purpose of attaining high reliability in the design and construction of a distribution automation system, an evaluation was made on the reliability by grasping influence on the distribution automation system from various external impacts surrounding the system. Transmission methods then and presently used for distribution automation are the coaxial, the paired and the optical fiber cable systems; an examination was carried out on the performance limits of each system and on the ranges affected by the impacts on the system by allowing the respective equipment to be exposed to the severest possible external impacts that could be produced under testing conditions. The test items given for each system were total 59 items consisting of those for the coaxial (34 items), the paired (17 items) and the optical fiber (8 items), which were determined on the basis of the causes of fault from the actual cases in the past. The external impacts produced this time were far beyond the standards of the distribution department as well as the specifications on manufacturers` warranties, and therefore, each system was presumably of sufficient quality. Reliability assessment based on common test items (such as combustion, tensile strength, bending, submersion, etc.) ranked the optical cable system highest, the coaxial next, and the paired third. 10 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

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    Allen, M

    2006-09-01

    An increasing number of patients are now treated cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators and the technology of these is constantly changing. It is vital to have a good understanding of how they function and what the real risks are. Understanding how the device should work when functioning normally, and the possible effects of electromagnetic interference, is paramount to their safe management in the peri-operative period. Knowing when a device should be disabled or reprogrammed requires careful consideration. Information from the patient's pacemaker clinic should be sought whenever possible and can be invaluable. In addition, the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have published the first set of UK guidelines on the management of implantable devices in the presence of surgical diathermy and this will undoubtedly provide a firm foundation on which anaesthetists can base much of their practice. PMID:16922756

  7. How Will Having an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Affect My Lifestyle?

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    ... NHLBI on Twitter. How Will an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Affect My Lifestyle? The low-energy electrical pulses ... short time. Devices That Can Disrupt Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Functions Once you have an ICD, you have ...

  8. Prevención primaria y secundaria de muerte súbita en un hospital de la Seguridad Social de Costa Rica: reporte del registro de pacientes con desfibrilador automático implantable, 2007-2011 Primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in a hospital of the social security system in Costa Rica: report from the registry of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, 2007-2011

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    Hugo Arguedas-Jiménez

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Justificación y objetivo: diversos estudios han demostrado la eficacia de los desfibriladores automáticos implantables en la prevención de la muerte súbita cardiaca. La aplicación de dicha evidencia debe ser evaluada mediante registros. El objetivo de este estudio fue describir las principales características epidemiológicas y clínicas y las complicaciones de los pacientes a quienes se les implanta un desfibrilador automático implantable en un hospital de tercer nivel en Costa Rica. Métodos: estudio observacional de cohorte, retrospectivo, que incluyó la totalidad de pacientes a quienes se les implantó un desfibrilador automático implantable en el hospital “Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia” entre 2007 y 2011. Resultados: se incluyó 23 pacientes. La edad media fue de 55 ± 18 años. La cardiopatía isquémica fue la etiología más frecuente (10 pacientes. Veinte pacientes estaban en clase funcional I o II; la fracción de eyección media fue 0,38 ± 0,17. En los 18 pacientes el desfibrilador automático se implantó por prevención secundaria. Cinco pacientes presentaron una complicación temprana, todos ellos con dispositivos bicamerales: 2 hematomas menores, una disección del seno coronario, un desplazamiento del electrodo atrial derecho y un ictus cardioembólico. Hubo un total de 101 terapias (en 8 pacientes, de las cuales 94 fueron apropiadas (en 5 pacientes y 7 inapropiadas (en 3 pacientes; dos de estos últimos habían tenido episodios previos de fibrilación atrial. Conclusión: este registro muestra que la mayoría de los implantes de desfibriladores automáticos se realizan por prevención secundaria, con una alta tasa de terapias adecuadas y una baja tasa de terapias inadecuadas y de complicaciones; además, permite evaluar las indicaciones y las complicaciones asociadas con esta terapia.Aim: Several studies have demonstrated the efficacy of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in the prevention of sudden

  9. Cost of a Recall of a Single-Center Experience Managing the Riata Defibrillator Lead

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    Hussain, Sarah; Moorman, Liza; Moorman, J. Randall; DiMarco, John P.; Malhotra, Rohit; Darby, Andrew; Bilchick, Kenneth; Mangrum, J. Michael; Ferguson, John D.; Mason, Pamela K.

    2014-01-01

    Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads (St. Jude Medical, Sylmar, California) were recalled in 2011 due to increased risk of insulation failure leading to externalized cables. Fluoroscopic screening can identify insulation failure, although the relation between mechanical failure and electrical failure is unclear. At the time of the recall, the University of Virginia developed a screening program, including fluoroscopic evaluation, education sessions, device interrogation, and remote monitori...

  10. Living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Pedersen, Susanne S; Knudsen, Charlotte; Dilling, Karen;

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: The clinical management and care of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) has shifted from face-to-face in-clinic visits to remote monitoring. Reduced interactions between patients and healthcare professionals may impede patients' transition to adapting post......-implant. We examined patients' needs and preferences for information provision and care options and overall satisfaction with treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients implanted with a first-time ICD or defibrillator with cardiac resynchronization therapy (n = 389) within the last 2 years at Odense University...

  11. Concerns about the implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; van Domburg, Ron T; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2005-01-01

    Patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are at increased risk of anxiety disorders. In turn, anxiety has been identified as a precipitant of ventricular arrhythmias. Anxiety may in part be attributed to concerns about the ICD firing, but the relationship between ICD concerns...

  12. Application of an automated natural language processing (NLP) workflow to enable federated search of external biomedical content in drug discovery and development.

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    McEntire, Robin; Szalkowski, Debbie; Butler, James; Kuo, Michelle S; Chang, Meiping; Chang, Man; Freeman, Darren; McQuay, Sarah; Patel, Jagruti; McGlashen, Michael; Cornell, Wendy D; Xu, Jinghai James

    2016-05-01

    External content sources such as MEDLINE(®), National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and conference websites provide access to the latest breaking biomedical information, which can inform pharmaceutical and biotechnology company pipeline decisions. The value of the sites for industry, however, is limited by the use of the public internet, the limited synonyms, the rarity of batch searching capability and the disconnected nature of the sites. Fortunately, many sites now offer their content for download and we have developed an automated internal workflow that uses text mining and tailored ontologies for programmatic search and knowledge extraction. We believe such an efficient and secure approach provides a competitive advantage to companies needing access to the latest information for a range of use cases and complements manually curated commercial sources. PMID:26979546

  13. Advances in implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy.

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    Rickard, John; Wilkoff, Bruce L

    2016-03-01

    Since the first implant in 1980, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) technology has progressed rapidly. Modern ICD's have hundreds of programmable options with the general goal of preventing inappropriate shocks and providing shocks for truly life threatening symptomatic ventricular arrhythmias. New studies on ICD programming have shown the benefits of prolonged detection intervals in reaching this goal. Anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) therapy has become an important adjunct to defibrillator shocks. Remote monitoring technologies have surfaced which have been shown to identify arrhythmias and problems with the device in an expedient fashion. The subcutaneous ICD offers the advantage of avoiding intravascular leads and their inherent risks. Lastly, the current understanding of the effects of MRI in ICD patients has advanced creating new opportunities to provide MRI safely to such patients. PMID:26653411

  14. Reliability systems for implantable cardiac defibrillator batteries

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    Takeuchi, E.S. [Wilson Greatbatch Ltd., Clarence, NY (United States)

    1995-03-01

    The reliability of the power sources used in implantable cardiac defibrillators is critical due to the life-saving nature of the device. Achieving a high reliability power source depends on several systems functioning together. Appropriate cell design is the first step in assuring a reliable product. Qualification of critical components and of the cells using those components is done prior to their designation as implantable grade. Product consistency is assured by control of manufacturing practices and verified by sampling plans using both accelerated and real-time testing. Results to date show that lithium/silver vanadium oxide cells used for implantable cardiac defibrillators have a calculated maximum random failure rate of 0.005% per test month. (orig.)

  15. Reliability systems for implantable cardiac defibrillator batteries

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    Takeuchi, Esther S.

    The reliability of the power sources used in implantable cardiac defibrillators is critical due to the life-saving nature of the device. Achieving a high reliability power source depends on several systems functioning together. Appropriate cell design is the first step in assuring a reliable product. Qualification of critical components and of the cells using those components is done prior to their designation as implantable grade. Product consistency is assured by control of manufacturing practices and verified by sampling plans using both accelerated and real-time testing. Results to date show that lithium/silver vanadium oxide cells used for implantable cardiac defibrillators have a calculated maximum random failure rate of 0.005% per test month.

  16. Use of the Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator in High-Risk Populations.

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    Lamichhane, Madhab; Safadi, Abdul; Surapaneni, Phani; Salehi, Negar; Thakur, Ranjan K

    2016-08-01

    The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) for use in patients who are at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and who do not yet have an established indication for an implantation cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or have contraindications for device implantation for various reasons. The WCD is typically used for primary prevention in (1) high-risk patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35 % after recent acute myocardial infarction (MI) during the 40-day ICD waiting period, (2) before and after coronary artery bypass graft or percutaneous coronary intervention during the 90-day ICD waiting period, (3) after recently diagnosed nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NICM) during the 3- to 9-month medical therapy optimization period, or (4) for those with inherited proarrhythmic conditions such as long QT syndrome or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Unlike the automatic external defibrillator, the WCD does not require assistance from bystanders for therapy and conscious patients can delay or avert therapy with the use of response buttons. The WCD exhibits a small risk of inappropriate shock, mostly due to supraventricular tachycardia and/or electrical noise. Multiple non-randomized observational studies have shown high efficacy in detection and appropriate shock therapy for sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias. This paper discusses the use of the WCD for prevention of SCA in patients with various cardiac substrates. PMID:27319008

  17. Prospective Nationwide Fluoroscopic and Electrical Longitudinal Follow-up of Recalled Riata Defibrillator Leads in Denmark

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    Larsen, Jacob M.; Nielsen, Jens C; Johansen, Jens B;

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Recalled St. Jude Medical Riata defibrillator leads are prone to insulation failures with externalized conductors (ECs). Longitudinal studies are needed to guide lead management. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to describe the dynamic nature of EC and the association with...... electrical abnormalities and lead extraction outcomes. METHODS A nationwide cohort established in 2012 of 295 patients with recalled Riata leads with dwell time 5.1 +/- 1.1 years, 34 ECs, and 19 electrical abnormalities were followed until death, lead discontinuation with fluoroscopy, or a new 2013 screening...

  18. 经胸双相波除颤的进展

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    RogerDWhiteMD

    2005-01-01

    In 1996 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the first biphasic waveform for external defibrillation after the safety and efficacy of biphasic waveforms had been well-established for defibrillation with internal cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). The first approved waveform was incorporated in an automated external defibrillator (AED) marketed as the ForeRunner ((Philips Medical Systems,

  19. Many People with Implantable Defibrillators Can Participate in Vigorous Sports

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    ... people with implantable defibrillators can participate in vigorous sports May 20, 2013 Categories: Heart News Study Highlights : ... may safely participate in a number of vigorous sports. The study challenges some current science recommendations advising ...

  20. Psychological intervention following implantation of an implantable defibrillator

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; van den Broek, Krista C; Sears, Samuel F

    2007-01-01

    The medical benefits of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are unequivocal, but a subgroup of patients experiences emotional difficulties following implantation. For this subgroup, some form of psychological intervention may be warranted. This review provides an overview of current...

  1. Questions to Ask Your Doctor--Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

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    ... Blood Pressure Tools & Resources Stroke More Questions to Ask Your Doctor - Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Updated:Nov ... or your family member before and after implantation, ask your doctor or healthcare team any questions you ...

  2. Gender differences in anxiety and concerns about the cardioverter defibrillator

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    Spindler, Helle; Johansen, Jens B; Andersen, Kirsten Krogh;

    2009-01-01

    Little is known about gender differences in the response to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. We compared female and male ICD patients on anxiety, depression, health-related quality of life (HRQL), ICD concerns, and ICD acceptance.......Little is known about gender differences in the response to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. We compared female and male ICD patients on anxiety, depression, health-related quality of life (HRQL), ICD concerns, and ICD acceptance....

  3. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator oversensing due to electric shock

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    Jurčević Ružica

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. We described the first case of oversensing due to electric shock in Serbia, in a 54-year-old man who had implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD. Case Outline. In July 2002, the patient had acute anteroseptal myocardial infarction and ventricular fibrillation (VF which was terminated with six defibrillation shocks of 360 J. Coronary angiography revealed 30% stenosis of circumflex artery, the left anterior descending coronary artery was recanalized and the right coronary artery was without stenosis. Left ventricular ejection fraction was 20%. In December 2003, an electrophysiology study was performed and ventricular tachycardia (VT was induced and terminated with 200 J defibrillation shock. Single chamber ICD Medtronic Gem III VR was implanted in January 2004 and defibrillation threshold was 12 J. The patient was followed up during three years every three months and there were no VT/VF episodes and VT/VF therapies. In December 2007, the patient experienced electric shock through the fork while he was making barbecue on the electric grill. ICD recognized this event in VF zone (oversensing and delivered defibrillation shock of 18 J. The electrogram of the episode showed ventricular sensing - intrinsic sinus rhythm with electric shock potentials which were misidentified as VF. After charge time of 3.16 seconds, ICD delivered defibrillation shock and sinus rhythm was still present. Conclusion. Oversensing of ICD has different aetiology and the most common cause is supraventricular tachyarrhythmia.

  4. Wearable 'Defibrillator-In-A-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients

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    ... nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_158001.html Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart ... what the relative benefit is," he added. The wearable defibrillator is worn under clothes looks like a " ...

  5. Impact of carvedilol and metoprolol on inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy

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    Ruwald, Martin H; Abu-Zeitone, Abeer; Jons, Christian;

    2013-01-01

    The goal of this study was to evaluate the effects of carvedilol and metoprolol on the endpoint of inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy in the MADIT-CRT (Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation With Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) study.......The goal of this study was to evaluate the effects of carvedilol and metoprolol on the endpoint of inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy in the MADIT-CRT (Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation With Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) study....

  6. The assessment of stress reactions of patients with implanted defibrillators

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    Daria Schneider-Matyka

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background. Although they save life, implantable defibrillators have psychological side effects and increase the number of patients who experience anxiety, depressive symptoms and, in extreme cases, post-traumatic stress disorder (PT SD. Escalation of PT SD symptoms depends on patients’ ability to cope with stress. Objectives . The aim of this study was to assess the reactions of patients after defibrillator implantation, and their ways to cope with stress, as well as to analyze the relationship between the ways of coping with stress and PT SD symptoms. Material and methods. The study was conducted using the Mini-Cope, the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R, and the author’s questionnaire. It involved 111 patients with implanted defibrillators at the mean age of 60 years, including 88 (79.3% men. The majority of the patients had secondary education – 38 (34.2% and were married – 85 (76.6%. 51 (45.9% were one year after defibrillator implantation. Results. It was demonstrated that 49 (44.1% of the surveyed experienced intracardiac discharges, out of whom 8 (17.1% went through an ‘electrical storm’. This group obtained higher PT SD scores in all three IES-R domains comparing to those without implanted defibrillators. The most common strategy to cope with stress was acceptance of the situation and searching for emotional support. Conclusions . 1. Intracardiac discharges are the vital problem of patients after defibrillator implantation. 2. Searching for emotional support and acceptance of the situation are the most common strategies to cope with stress. 3. There is a relationship between PT SD symptoms occurring in patients after implantation of a defibrillator and their strategies to cope with stress.

  7. Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators - general and anesthetic considerations

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    Amy G. Rapsang

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A pacemaking system consists of an impulse generator and lead or leads to carry the electrical impulse to the patient's heart. Pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator codes were made to describe the type of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator implanted. Indications for pacing and implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation were given by the American College of Cardiologists. Certain pacemakers have magnet-operated reed switches incorporated; however, magnet application can have serious adverse effects; hence, devices should be considered programmable unless known otherwise. When a device patient undergoes any procedure (with or without anesthesia, special precautions have to be observed including a focused history/physical examination, interrogation of pacemaker before and after the procedure, emergency drugs/temporary pacing and defibrillation, reprogramming of pacemaker and disabling certain pacemaker functions if required, monitoring of electrolyte and metabolic disturbance and avoiding certain drugs and equipments that can interfere with pacemaker function. If unanticipated device interactions are found, consider discontinuation of the procedure until the source of interference can be eliminated or managed and all corrective measures should be taken to ensure proper pacemaker function should be done. Post procedure, the cardiac rate and rhythm should be monitored continuously and emergency drugs and equipments should be kept ready and consultation with a cardiologist or a pacemaker-implantable cardioverter defibrillator service may be necessary.

  8. Use a defibrillator, save a life

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    Joannah Caborn Wengler

    2012-01-01

    With the work for Long Shutdown 1 looming on the horizon, the CERN Fire Brigade is anticipating a heavy workload: more people working at CERN means more call-outs. So the more trained first-aiders around to help out before the paramedics arrive, the better. Would you know what to do in a medical emergency?   It could happen at any time: two colleagues are having a coffee at work, when one suddenly clutches his or her chest and falls to the floor unconscious. What would you do? Run to find a first-aider? Call the ambulance and wait, finishing your coffee? Neither response is entirely correct. On Monday 11 June in Building 40 the CMS safety group, in collaboration with the Fire Brigade and the Medical Service, demonstrated the recommended, potentially life-saving response to cardiac arrest (see the video), including the correct use of a defibrillator, ten of which were recently installed in key CERN locations (the Bulletin reported).     “In countries where...

  9. A new approach to optimization-based defibrillation.

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    Muzdeka, S; Barbieri, E

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to develop a new model for optimal cardiac defibrillation, based on simultaneous minimization of energy consumption and defibrillation time requirements. In order to generate optimal defibrillation waveforms that will accomplish the objective stated above, one parameter rho has been introduced as a part of the performance measure to weigh the relative importance of time and energy. All the results of this theoretical study have been obtained for the proposed model, under the assumption that cardiac tissue can be represented by a simple parallel resistor-capacitor circuit. It is well known from modern control theory that the selection of a numerical value of the weight factor is the matter of subjective judgment of a designer. However, it has been shown that defining a cost function can help in selecting a value for rho. Some results of the mathematical development of the algorithm and computer simulations will be included in the paper. PMID:11347410

  10. Praehospital-hjertestopbehandling med semiautomatisk defibrillator--Heartstart 2000

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    Fonsmark, L; Sandøe, E; Kastrup, J;

    1989-01-01

    In order to test the efficacy of a semiautomatic defibrillator (Heartstart 2000) in connection with cardiac arrest outside hospital, the apparatus was installed in two of the ambulances belonging to the Copenhagen Fire Service. The ambulance district involved was also equipped with an ambulance...... staffed by a doctor. A total of 48 patients with cardiac arrest were found and 16 of these had ventricular fibrillation. Six of the 16 patients have since been discharged from hospital (37.5%). The defibrillator had a high diagnostic certainty with a sensitivity of 96.5% and a specificity of 100%. No...... practical problems of note occurred in connection with employment of the defibrillator. The ambulance staffs underwent six hours of training and this appeared to be adequate. It is concluded that Heartstart 2000 functions well and effectively in connection with revival of patients with cardiac arrest...

  11. Automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillator discharges and acute myocardial injury

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    Avitall, B.; Port, S.; Gal, R.; McKinnie, J.; Tchou, P.; Jazayeri, M.; Troup, P.; Akhtar, M. (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Clinical Campus (USA))

    1990-05-01

    Multiple defibrillations by the automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (AICD) have been reported to result in localized epicardial damage. No data exist, however, regarding whether this damage can be detected in the clinical setting or whether it interferes with the detection of true myocardial infarction. Forty-nine patients who received defibrillations by patch electrodes were studied prospectively. We attempted to document the presence of myocardial injury with the following three commonly used modalities for the detection of myocardial infarction: serial electrocardiographic changes, serial creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and CPK-MB release, and technetium 99m pyrophosphate scanning. Fifteen patients received defibrillations by AICD patches at the time of AICD generator replacement. Nine patients received defibrillations at the time of new AICD lead placement. The average total energy delivered was 85 +/- 29 J. None of these patients had detectable myocardial injury. Ten patients had defibrillations by the AICD patches at the time of bypass operation. One patient in this group developed acute myocardial infarction in the inferior wall after posterior descending coronary bypass operation, as detected by electrocardiogram, 99mTc pyrophosphate scanning, and CPK-MB analysis. Fifteen patients were evaluated for spontaneous AICD discharges. Thirteen had a maximum of five consecutive shocks, and cumulative energy delivered was not greater than 330 J. None of these patients had detectable injury. Two patients had CPK-MB release of 15.3% and 7.5%, respectively. One of these patients had a positive 99mTc pyrophosphate scan. These two patients received 12 and 17 rapid and consecutive AICD discharges, respectively, with cumulative delivered energy of 360 and 510 J, respectively.

  12. Breast calcifications following electrical defibrillation: An unusual mammographic appearance.

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    Westphal, Steven M; Jani, Manish; Badve, Sunil

    2010-01-01

    We present a case of a 57-year-old woman with a past medical history of end-stage renal disease and a recent history of electrical defibrillation who arrived for her annual mammogram with no breast-related complaints. The mammogram showed interval development of unusual clusters of heterogeneous calcifications. The patient underwent stereotactic core-needle biopsy for definitive diagnosis. The pathologic evaluation revealed fibrosis, abnormal adipocytes, and calcifications with no evidence of malignancy. The constellation of findings was consistent with fat necrosis and fibrosis related to tissue damage sustained during the recent defibrillation. PMID:27307857

  13. Insulation Failure of the Linox Defibrillator Lead: A Case Report and Retrospective Review of a Single Center Experience.

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    Howe, Andrew J; McKeag, Nicholas A; Wilson, Carol M; Ashfield, Kyle P; Roberts, Michael J

    2015-06-01

    Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) lead insulation failure and conductor externalization have been increasingly reported. The 7.8F silicon-insulated Linox SD and Linox S ICD leads (Biotronik, Berlin, Germany) were released in 2006 and 2007, respectively, with an estimated 85,000 implantations worldwide. A 39-year-old female suffered an out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation (VF) arrest with successful resuscitation. An ICD was implanted utilizing a single coil active fixation Linox(Smart) S lead (Biotronik, Berlin, Germany). A device-triggered alert approximately 3 years after implantation confirmed nonphysiological high rate sensing leading to VF detection. A chest X-ray showed an abnormality of the ICD lead and fluoroscopic screening confirmed conductor externalization proximal to the defibrillator coil. In view of the combined electrical and fluoroscopic abnormalities, urgent lead extraction and replacement were performed. A review of Linox (Biotronik) and Vigila (Sorin Group, Milan, Italy) lead implantations within our center (n = 98) identified 3 additional patients presenting with premature lead failure, 2 associated with nonphysiological sensed events and one associated with a significant decrease in lead impedance. All leads were subsequently removed and replaced. This case provides a striking example of insulation failure affecting the Linox ICD lead and, we believe, is the first to demonstrate conductor externalization manifesting both electrical and fluoroscopic abnormalities. PMID:25711237

  14. 心脏除颤器的质量控制%Quality Control of Cardiac Defibrillator/Defibrillation Monitor

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    崔亮; 崔骊; 苏燕平

    2012-01-01

    目的:通过对心脏除颤器/除颤监护仪进行质量控制检测,分析检测中发现的问题,提出解决方案,以确保该设备的安全使用.方法:采用除颤器检定仪检测,并分析失准设备的检测数据.结果:通过分析心脏除颤器/除颤监护仪的失准原因,及时维修,解决了检测中出现的问题,保障了除颤器/除颤监护仪的临床使用安全.结论:对除颤器/除颤监护仪进行质量控制非常必要,可以预防因设备失准而引起的医疗事故.%Objective: Through quality control testing to the cardiac defibrillator/defibrilLation monitor, we can analyze the problems of testing and propose solutions to ensure the use of safety in the clinical. Methods: Through the detector to detect the defibrillator, so we can analyze the data of misalignment equipment. Results: Trough analyzing and solving the problems in the testing, ensure the safety of the defibrillator. Conclusion: It is very necessary to test the cardiac defibrillator/defibrillation monitor that can prevent the medical accident, which caused by misalignment of medical equipment.

  15. [Implantable cardioverter/defibrillator: long-term stability of the defibrillation threshold with a unipolar electrode configuration (active-can")].

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    Knuefermann, P; Wolpert, C; Spehl, S; Korte, T; Manz, M; Lüderitz, B; Jung, W

    2000-09-01

    The majority of cardioverter/defibrillator (ICD) implantations are currently performed with a non-thoracotomy approach. From November 1993 to January 1995, 46 patients underwent implantation of a PCD 7219C with an "active-can" lead configuration at our institution. While the chronic stability of the defibrillation threshold (DFT) for an epicardial lead system is well established, the results are still inconsistent for non-thoracotomy lead systems. Accordingly, the aim of the present study was to compare the acute and chronic defibrillation thresholds of the ICDs implanted with an "active-can" lead system in order to assess the chronic stability of these systems. The defibrillation energy requirements were measured at implant, prior to hospital discharge, three, six and twelve months after implantation of the defibrillator. The patient group consisted of 8 females and 38 males with a mean age of 57.2 years. The mean left ventricular ejection fraction was 43.8%. The most frequent underlying heart disease was coronary artery disease in 31 of 46 patients. Eight patients had idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. In 39 of 46 patients, the defibrillation threshold could be successfully determined at all 4 time points after implantation. The mean defibrillation energy requirement at the time of implantation was 9.2 +/- 5.9 Joules (J). The subsequent mean energy requirements were 7.6 +/- 4.8 J at pre-hospital discharge, 8.6 +/- 5.7 J at the 3 month, 8.1 +/- 6.0 J at the 6 month and 8.6 +/- 5.8 J at the 12 month follow-up visits. The mean defibrillation threshold was lowest at the time of prehospital discharge, significantly lower than at the time of initial implantation (p = 0.021). However, at all later time points up to one year, there was no significant difference in the DFT as compared with the time of initial implantation. Comparing the DFT at the time of implantation and the DFT at all other time points, there were no significant differences (9.23 vs. 8.56 J, p = 0

  16. Advantage of four-electrode over two-electrode defibrillators.

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    Bragard, J; Šimić, A; Laroze, D; Elorza, J

    2015-12-01

    Defibrillation is the standard clinical treatment used to stop ventricular fibrillation. An electrical device delivers a controlled amount of electrical energy via a pair of electrodes in order to reestablish a normal heart rate. We propose a technique that is a combination of biphasic shocks applied with a four-electrode system rather than the standard two-electrode system. We use a numerical model of a one-dimensional ring of cardiac tissue in order to test and evaluate the benefit of this technique. We compare three different shock protocols, namely a monophasic and two types of biphasic shocks. The results obtained by using a four-electrode system are compared quantitatively with those obtained with the standard two-electrode system. We find that a huge reduction in defibrillation threshold is achieved with the four-electrode system. For the most efficient protocol (asymmetric biphasic), we obtain a reduction in excess of 80% in the energy required for a defibrillation success rate of 90%. The mechanisms of successful defibrillation are also analyzed. This reveals that the advantage of asymmetric biphasic shocks with four electrodes lies in the duration of the cathodal and anodal phase of the shock. PMID:26764786

  17. Worldwide experience with a totally subcutaneous implantable defibrillator

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    Lambiase, Pier D; Barr, Craig; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: The totally subcutaneous implantable-defibrillator (S-ICD) is a new alternative to the conventional transvenous ICD system to minimize intravascular lead complications. There are limited data describing the long-term performance of the S-ICD. This paper presents the first large international...

  18. Phantom shocks in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Moons, Philip; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe;

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this trial was to assess a combined rehabilitation intervention including an exercise training component and a psycho-educational component in patients treated with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The hypothesis was that the intervention would reduce the occurrence of...

  19. Defibrillator Implantation in Patients with Nonischemic Systolic Heart Failure

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    Køber, Lars; Thune, Jens J; Nielsen, Jens C;

    2016-01-01

    Background The benefit of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) in patients with symptomatic systolic heart failure caused by coronary artery disease has been well documented. However, the evidence for a benefit of prophylactic ICDs in patients with systolic heart failure that is not due...

  20. Behavioral interventions in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Habibović, Mirela; Burg, Matthew M; Pedersen, Susanne S.

    2013-01-01

    The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is the first-line treatment for primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death. A subgroup of patients experience psychological distress postimplant, and no clear evidence base exists regarding how best to address patients' needs. The aim...

  1. Radiotherapy in patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators

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    Zaremba, Tomas; Jakobsen, Annette Ross; Søgaard, Mette;

    2016-01-01

    defibrillators malfunctioning at low radiation doses. Besides scant knowledge about optimal safety measures, only little is known about the exact prevalence of patients with devices undergoing RT. In this review, we provide a short overview of the principles of RT and present the current evidence on the...

  2. Making post-mortem implantable cardioverter defibrillator explantation safe

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    Räder, Sune B E W; Zeijlemaker, Volkert; Pehrson, Steen;

    2009-01-01

    AIMS: The aim of this study is to investigate whether protection with rubber or plastic gloves during post-mortem explantation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) offers enough protection for the explanting operator during a worst-case scenario (i.e. ICD shock). METHODS AND RESULTS...

  3. Venous thromboembolism in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators

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    Pedersen, Susanne Bendesgaard; Hjortshøj, Søren Pihlkjær; Bøtker, Hans Erik;

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: To examine the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and its risk factors among patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). METHODS AND RESULTS: All first-time ICD recipients in Denmark during 2000-12 were identified from medical databases. Incident VTEs were ascertained...

  4. Phantom shocks in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Moons, Philip; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe;

    2013-01-01

    AIMS: The aim of this trial was to assess a combined rehabilitation intervention including an exercise training component and a psycho-educational component in patients treated with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The hypothesis was that the intervention would reduce the occurrence of...

  5. Risk of chronic anxiety in implantable defibrillator patients

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; den Broek, Krista C van; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2011-01-01

    Little is known about the prevalence of chronic anxiety in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). In a multi-center, prospective study, we examined 1) the prevalence of chronic anxiety (i.e., patients anxious at implantation and 12 months), and 2) predictors of chronic...

  6. Cost effectiveness of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator: a preliminary analysis

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    O'Brien, Bernie J; Buxton, Martin J; Rushby, Julia A

    1992-01-01

    Background—An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may be effective in reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death. The high cost of ICD treatment, however, compared with alternatives raises the question of whether this new technology is an efficient use of scarce health care resources.

  7. The association between biventricular pacing and cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator efficacy when compared with implantable cardioverter defibrillator on outcomes and reverse remodelling

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    Ruwald, Anne-Christine; Kutyifa, Valentina; Ruwald, Martin H;

    2015-01-01

    AIMS: Previous studies on biventricular (BIV) pacing and cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) efficacy have used arbitrarily chosen BIV pacing percentages, and no study has employed implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients as a control group. METHODS AND RESULTS...

  8. Non-linear dynamical signal characterization for prediction of defibrillation success through machine learning

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    Shandilya Sharad; Ward Kevin; Kurz Michael; Najarian Kayvan

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) is a common presenting dysrhythmia in the setting of cardiac arrest whose main treatment is defibrillation through direct current countershock to achieve return of spontaneous circulation. However, often defibrillation is unsuccessful and may even lead to the transition of VF to more nefarious rhythms such as asystole or pulseless electrical activity. Multiple methods have been proposed for predicting defibrillation success based on examinatio...

  9. Defibrillation thresholds are lower with smaller storage capacitors.

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    Leonelli, F M; Kroll, M W; Brewer, J E

    1995-09-01

    Present implantable cardioverter defibrillators use a wide range of capacitance values for the storage capacitor. However, the optimal capacitance value is unknown. We hypothesized that a smaller capacitor, by delivering its charge in a time closer to the heart chronaxie, should lower the defibrillation threshold (DFT). We compared the energy required to defibrillate 10 open-chest dogs, after 15 seconds of ventricular fibrillation, with a monophasic, time-truncated waveform delivered from either a 85-microF or a 140-microF capacitor. Shocks were delivered through a pair of 14-cm2 epicardial patch electrodes: The two capacitors were randomly tested twice with each dog using a modified 3-reversal method for each DFT determination. The average stored and delivered DFT energies for the 85-microF capacitor were 6.0 +/- 1.7 joules and 5.2 +/- 1.5 joules, respectively, compared to 6.7 +/- 1.7 joules and 6.0 +/- 1.5 joules for the 140-microF capacitor (P = 0.01 and P = 0.004, respectively). The mean leading edge voltages were higher, the pulse duration shorter, and the mean impedance lower for the 85-microF capacitor. The impedance was inversely related to the pulse duration and the voltage decay suggesting that, at least in part, the mechanism of improved defibrillation could be accounted for by the waveform electrical characteristics. There was an equal number of episodes of postshock bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias following discharges from each capacitor. Moreover, there was no relationship between the likelihood of these arrhythmias and either the initial voltage or the delivered current nor there was a higher number of episodes of postshock hypotension following the smaller capacitor discharges.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7491309

  10. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in congenital heart disease

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    Chubb, H; Rosenthal, E

    2016-01-01

    Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) have an important role in reducing sudden cardiac death in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD); however, the benefit of ICDs needs to be weighed up against both short-term and long-term adverse effects, which are difficult to evaluate in the heterogeneous CHD population. A tailored approach, taking into account risk stratification and patient-specific factors, is needed to select the most appropriate strategy. This review discusses primar...

  11. Breast calcifications following electrical defibrillation: An unusual mammographic appearance

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    Westphal, Steven M.; Jani, Manish; BADVE, SUNIL

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of a 57-year-old woman with a past medical history of end-stage renal disease and a recent history of electrical defibrillation who arrived for her annual mammogram with no breast-related complaints. The mammogram showed interval development of unusual clusters of heterogeneous calcifications. The patient underwent stereotactic core-needle biopsy for definitive diagnosis. The pathologic evaluation revealed fibrosis, abnormal adipocytes, and calcifications with no evidence of...

  12. The occupational routine of patients implanted with cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Juliana Mannini

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD have become a reference as to the standard of care for patients with potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias. The ICD treats the symptoms of the disease with no impact on its cause; however, the electrical discharge originating from the operating mechanism of this device has been the source of many studies addressing the quality of life of this population. The specific literature points to limitations of patients implanted with cardioverter-defibrillators regarding activities such as working and driving, but little has been discussed whether other areas of occupational performance are also limited. The purpose of this prospective exploratory research, which uses a case study design of quantitative nature, is to know the routine of patients implanted with cardioverter-defibrillator. Fifteen subjects with ICD participated in the study; they were outpatients in the arrhythmia sector of the ‘Clementino Fraga Filho’ University Hospital - HUCFF. The instruments for data collection included an initial interview, SF36 inventory, Role Checklist, and an open question. The results showed interference in the routine occupational performance and occupational roles evaluated, as well as in the fields of mental health and vitality, with greater focus on influences arising from the pathology than the mechanism of the device.

  13. Prevention of sudden cardiac death by the implantable cardioverter defibrilator

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    Kovačević Dragan V.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Sudden cardiac death or, as it is also called, a modern man’s killer occurs a few hours after the beginning of the disease. Sudden death is the one that happens within an hour from the onset of the subjective discomforts regardless of the existence of any previous disease. According to modern statistics, 450.000 people die suddenly in the USA and 150,000 in Germany. Causes of sudden death. The most frequent causes of sudden death are cardiologic or, in other words, a heart rhythm disorder such as ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation and bradycardiac rhythm disorder. All these reasons can be efficiently prevented by the implantation of the cardioverter defibrillators. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator. In comparison with the already known medications, the defibrillator seems to be the most efficient in prevention of sudden cardiac death. This fact has been confirmed by large multicentre studies. The implantation itself is a routine procedure. It lasts about an hour and it often passes without any complications. The patient leaves the hospital a few days after the procedure. About 150 of these procedures are performed per year at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Vojvodina. The Social Insurance Fund bears medical costs and the patient only pays the participation fee, which is symbolical if compared to the value and use of the device. Owing to this fact, this device is available to every patient thus making the efficient sudden cardiac death prevention possible.

  14. Percutaneous Extraction of Transvenous Permanent Pacemaker/Defibrillator Leads

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    Stylianos Paraskevaidis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Widespread use of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices has inevitably increased the need for lead revision/replacement. We report our experience in percutaneous extraction of transvenous permanent pacemaker/defibrillator leads. Methods. Thirty-six patients admitted to our centre from September 2005 through October 2012 for percutaneous lead extraction were included. Lead removal was attempted using Spectranetics traction-type system (Spectranetics Corp., Colorado, CO, USA and VascoExtor countertraction-type system (Vascomed GmbH, Weil am Rhein, Germany. Results. Lead extraction was attempted in 59 leads from 36 patients (27 men, mean ± SD age 61±5 years, with permanent pacemaker (n=25, defibrillator (n=8, or cardiac resynchronisation therapy (n=3 with a mean ± SD implant duration of 50±23 months. The indications for lead removal included pocket infection (n=23, endocarditis (n=2, and ventricular (n=10 and atrial lead dysfunction (n=1. Traction device was used for 33 leads and countertraction device for 26 leads. Mean ± SD fluoroscopy time was 4±2 minutes/lead for leads implanted 48 months (n=21, P=0.03. Complete procedural success rate was 91.7% and clinical procedural success rate was 100%, while lead procedural success rate was 95%. Conclusions. In conclusion, percutaneous extraction of transvenous permanent pacemaker/defibrillator leads using dedicated removal tools is both feasible and safe.

  15. Pediatric defibrillation after cardiac arrest: initial response and outcome

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    Rodríguez-Núñez, Antonio; López-Herce, Jesús; García, Cristina; Domínguez, Pedro; Carrillo, Angel; Bellón, Jose María

    2006-01-01

    Introduction Shockable rhythms are rare in pediatric cardiac arrest and the results of defibrillation are uncertain. The objective of this study was to analyze the results of cardiopulmonary resuscitation that included defibrillation in children. Methods Forty-four out of 241 children (18.2%) who were resuscitated from inhospital or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest had been treated with manual defibrillation. Data were recorded according to the Utstein style. Outcome variables were a sustained return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and one-year survival. Characteristics of patients and of resuscitation were evaluated. Results Cardiac disease was the major cause of arrest in this group. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (PVT) was the first documented electrocardiogram rhythm in 19 patients (43.2%). A shockable rhythm developed during resuscitation in 25 patients (56.8%). The first shock (dose, 2 J/kg) terminated VF or PVT in eight patients (18.1%). Seventeen children (38.6%) needed more than three shocks to solve VF or PVT. ROSC was achieved in 28 cases (63.6%) and it was sustained in 19 patients (43.2%). Only three patients (6.8%), however, survived at 1-year follow-up. Children with VF or PVT as the first documented rhythm had better ROSC, better initial survival and better final survival than children with subsequent VF or PVT. Children who survived were older than the finally dead patients. No significant differences in response rate were observed when first and second shocks were compared. The survival rate was higher in patients treated with a second shock dose of 2 J/kg than in those who received higher doses. Outcome was not related to the cause or the location of arrest. The survival rate was inversely related to the duration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Conclusion Defibrillation is necessary in 18% of children who suffer cardiac arrest. Termination of VF or PVT after the first defibrillation dose is achieved in a low

  16. Wearable Automatic External Deifbrillators%穿戴式自动体外除颤仪

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    罗华杰; 罗章源; 金勋; 张蕾蕾; 王长金; 张文赞; 涂权

    2015-01-01

    Defibrillation is the most effective method of treating ventricular fibrillation(VF), this paper introduces wearable automatic external defibrillators based on embedded system which includes ECG measurements, bioelectrical impedance measurement, discharge defibrilation module, which can automatic identify VF signal, biphasic exponential waveform defibrilation discharge. After verified by animal tests, the device can realize ECG acquisition and automatic identification. After identifying the ventricular fibrilation signal, it can automatic defibrilate to abort ventricular fibrilation and to realize the cardiac electrical cardioversion.%电击除颤是最有效的治疗室颤(VF)的方法,该文介绍的是基于嵌入式系统的穿戴式自动体外除颤仪,包括心电信号测量,生物阻抗测量,放电除颤模块,能够自动识别室颤信号,以双相指数波型进行除颤放电。经动物实验验证,该设备可实现心电信号采集及自动识别,在识别出室颤信号后能自动进行电击除颤,可中止室颤,实现心脏电转复。

  17. The effect of intermittent atrial tachyarrhythmia on heart failure or death in cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator versus implantable cardioverter-defibrillator patients

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    Ruwald, Anne-Christine; Pietrasik, Grzegorz; Goldenberg, Ilan;

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the effect of both history of intermittent atrial tachyarrhythmias (IAT) and in-trial IAT on the risk of heart failure (HF) or death comparing cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) to implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD......, respectively, a history of IAT at baseline and time-dependent development of in-trial IAT during follow-up in 1,264 patients with LBBB enrolled in the MADIT-CRT (Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial With Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) study. RESULTS: The overall beneficial effect of CRT...... in-trial atrial tachyarrhythmias. (MADIT-CRT: Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial With Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy; NCT00180271)....

  18. Suppression of AC railway power-line interference in ECG signals recorded by public access defibrillators

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    Dotsinsky Ivan

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Public access defibrillators (PADs are now available for more efficient and rapid treatment of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. PADs are used normally by untrained people on the streets and in sports centers, airports, and other public areas. Therefore, automated detection of ventricular fibrillation, or its exclusion, is of high importance. A special case exists at railway stations, where electric power-line frequency interference is significant. Many countries, especially in Europe, use 16.7 Hz AC power, which introduces high level frequency-varying interference that may compromise fibrillation detection. Method Moving signal averaging is often used for 50/60 Hz interference suppression if its effect on the ECG spectrum has little importance (no morphological analysis is performed. This approach may be also applied to the railway situation, if the interference frequency is continuously detected so as to synchronize the analog-to-digital conversion (ADC for introducing variable inter-sample intervals. A better solution consists of rated ADC, software frequency measuring, internal irregular re-sampling according to the interference frequency, and a moving average over a constant sample number, followed by regular back re-sampling. Results The proposed method leads to a total railway interference cancellation, together with suppression of inherent noise, while the peak amplitudes of some sharp complexes are reduced. This reduction has negligible effect on accurate fibrillation detection. Conclusion The method is developed in the MATLAB environment and represents a useful tool for real time railway interference suppression.

  19. Pre-implantation implantable cardioverter defibrillator concerns and Type D personality increase the risk of mortality in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; van den Broek, Krista C; Erdman, Ruud A M;

    2010-01-01

    Little is known about the influence of psychological factors on prognosis in implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients. We examined the influence of the distressed personality (Type D) and pre-implantation device concerns on short-term mortality in ICD patients.......Little is known about the influence of psychological factors on prognosis in implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients. We examined the influence of the distressed personality (Type D) and pre-implantation device concerns on short-term mortality in ICD patients....

  20. Acute hyperkalemia detected by alert from implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

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    Kuriachan, Vikas; Tedrow, Usha; Antman, Elliott; Epstein, Laurence M

    2012-09-01

    Two cases of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator lead impedance changes that corresponded with changes in serum potassium are described. In the first case, an audible lead alert was triggered due to a significant change in lead impedance caused by hyperkalemia. In the second case, a patient was admitted with hyperkalemia and renal failure. Device interrogation revealed a change in lead impedance corresponding to changes in serum potassium. As devices and leads become more sophisticated, their role for monitoring parameters and triggering alerts may expand to include electrolyte and other metabolic changes. PMID:22817110

  1. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator specific rehabilitation improves health cost outcomes

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    Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe; Koch, Mette Bjerrum;

    2015-01-01

    after 3 years for implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy or mortality between rehabilitation and usual care. Time to first admission did not differ. The cost of rehabilitation was 335 USD/276 Euro per patient enrolled in rehabilitation. The total attributable cost of rehabilitation after 3 years...... was -6,789 USD/-5,593 Euro in favour of rehabilitation. CONCLUSION: No long-term health outcome benefits were found for the rehabilitation programme. However, the rehabilitation programme resulted in a reduction in total attributable direct costs....

  2. P-700系列电极对猪室颤模型除颤效果的影响%The influence of defibrillation electrodes of P-700 series on the defibrillation effect at pig ventruicular fibrillation model

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    张真; 周正宇; 王禹斌; 周慧英; 王婧; 薛智谋

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect and safety of novel defibrillation electrode of P-700 series. Methods Cardiac catheter was used to induce and build ventricular fibrillation model on three different weight groups of Tai-hu pigs, according to the available energy in "The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC" , with P-500 series electrodes as control, Electrodes of P-700 and P-500 were utilized to do external defibrillate and resuscitation in vitro separately. The rate of successful defibrillation were recorded and Doppler ultrasound measurement were applied to evaluate the animals' myocardial function before and after defibrillation, Gross anatomy and pathological examination were performed after experiments. Results There was no obvious significance difference between the control groups and experimental groups on the rate of successful defibrillation(P >0. 05). Among the three groups, there was no obvious significance difference prior to and after experiment on left ventricular ejection fraction, fraction area change and left ventricular end-systolic thickness (all P > 0. 05 ). No obvious abnormal appearance was found in gross anatomy and pathological examination. Conclusion The efficacy and safety of P-700 series electrodes meet the standard.%目的 评价新型除颤电极片P-700系列除颤的有效性和安全性.方法 通过心导管对3组不同体质量的太湖猪诱导,制作太湖猪室颤模型,根据“2010美国心脏协会心肺复苏及心血管急救指南”中的除颤能量适用范围为依据,以P-500系列电极片作为对照,用P-700系列电极片和P-500系列电极片分别进行体外除颤与复苏,统计除颤成功率,进行多普勒超声检查评价除颤前后各组动物的心脏功能,实验结束后做大体解剖并作病理分析.结果 实验组和对照组的除颤成功率差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),3组动物除颤前后左室射血分数(EF)、左室舒缩面积变化率(FAC)、左心室收缩末期后壁厚

  3. Programming implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in primary prevention: higher or later.

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    Clementy, Nicolas; Pierre, Bertrand; Simeon, Edouard; Lallemand, Bénédicte; Fauchier, Laurent; Babuty, Dominique

    2014-05-01

    Defibrillator shocks, appropriate or not, are associated with significant morbidity, as they decrease quality of life, can be involved in depression and anxiety, and are known to be proarrhythmic. Most recent data have even shown an association between shocks and overall mortality. As opposed to other defibrillator-related complications, the rate of inappropriate and unnecessary shocks can (and should) be decreased with adequate programming. This review focuses on the different programming strategies and tips available to reduce the rate of shocks in primary prevention patients with left ventricular dysfunction implanted with a defibrillator, as well as some of the manufacturers' device specificities. PMID:24834904

  4. The Effect of Compressor-Administered Defibrillation on Peri-shock Pauses in a Simulated Cardiac Arrest Scenario

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    Joshua Glick

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Coordination of the tasks of performing chest compressions and defibrillation can lead to communication challenges that may prolong time spent off the chest. The purpose of this study was to determine whether defibrillation provided by the provider performing chest compressions led to a decrease in peri-shock pauses as compared to defibrillation administered by a second provider, in a simulated cardiac arrest scenario. Methods: This was a randomized, controlled study measuring pauses in chest compressions for defibrillation in a simulated cardiac arrest model. We approached hospital providers with current CPR certification for participation between July, 2011 and October, 2011. Volunteers were randomized to control (facilitator-administered defibrillation or experimental (compressor-administered defibrillation groups. All participants completed one minute of chest compressions on a mannequin in a shockable rhythm prior to administration of defibrillation. We measured and compared pauses for defibrillation in both groups. Results: Out of 200 total participants, we analyzed data from 197 defibrillations. Compressor-initiated defibrillation resulted in a significantly lower pre-shock hands-off time (0.57 s; 95% CI: 0.47-0.67 compared to facilitator-initiated defibrillation (1.49 s; 95% CI: 1.35-1.64. Furthermore, compressor-initiated defibrillation resulted in a significantly lower peri-shock hands-off time (2.77 s; 95% CI: 2.58-2.95 compared to facilitator-initiated defibrillation (4.25 s; 95% CI: 4.08-4.43. Conclusion: Assigning the responsibility for shock delivery to the provider performing compressions encourages continuous compressions throughout the charging period and decreases total time spent off the chest. However, as this was a simulation-based study, clinical implementation is necessary to further evaluate these potential benefits. [West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(2:246–250.

  5. Somatosensory amplification mediates sex differences in psychological distress among cardioverter-defibrillator patients

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    Versteeg, Henneke; Baumert, Jens; Kolb, Christof;

    2010-01-01

    The present study examined whether female patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) report more psychological distress than male patients, and whether somatosensory amplification mediates this relationship. Design: Consecutive ICD patients (N = 241; 33% women) participating in...

  6. Correlation of geomagnetic activity with implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks and antitachycardia pacing

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    Ebrille, E.; Konecny, T.; Konecny, D.; Špaček, R.; Jones, P.; Ambrož, Pavel; DeSimone, C.V.; Powel, B.D.; Hayes, D.L.; Friedman, P.A.; Asirvatham, S.J.

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    Roč. 90, č. 2 (2015), s. 202-208. ISSN 0025-6196 Institutional support: RVO:67985815 Keywords : geomagnetic activity * implantable cardioverter defibrillator Subject RIV: DE - Earth Magnetism, Geodesy, Geography Impact factor: 6.262, year: 2014

  7. Implantable Defibrillators Improve Survival in Patients With Mildly Symptomatic Heart Failure Receiving Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

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    Gold, Michael R; Daubert, Jean-Claude; Abraham, William T;

    2013-01-01

    Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) decreases mortality, improves functional status, and induces reverse left ventricular remodeling in selected populations with heart failure. These benefits have been noted with both CRT-pacemakers as well as those devices with defibrillator backup (CRT...

  8. Monitoring device acceptance in implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients using the Florida Patient Acceptance Survey

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    Versteeg, Henneke; Starrenburg, Annemieke; Denollet, Johan;

    2012-01-01

    Patient device acceptance might be essential in identifying patients at risk for adverse patient-reported outcomes following implantation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). We examined the validity and reliability of the Florida Patient Acceptance Scale (FPAS) and identified...

  9. New insights into defibrillation of the heart from realistic simulation studies

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    Trayanova, Natalia A.; Rantner, Lukas J.

    2014-01-01

    Cardiac defibrillation, as accomplished nowadays by automatic, implantable devices, constitutes the most important means of combating sudden cardiac death. Advancing our understanding towards a full appreciation of the mechanisms by which a shock interacts with the heart, particularly under diseased conditions, is a promising approach to achieve an optimal therapy. The aim of this article is to assess the current state-of-the-art in whole-heart defibrillation modelling, focusing on major insi...

  10. Defibrillator charging before rhythm analysis significantly reduces hands-off time during resuscitation

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    Hansen, L. K.; Folkestad, L.; Brabrand, M.

    2013-01-01

    tachycardia and asystole were presented randomly to all participants in a simulation setting. A manikin (Resusci Anne; Laerdal Scandinavia A/S, Stavanger, Norway) and a defibrillator (LIFEPACK 12; Physio-Control, Inc, Redmond, WA, USA) were used. In ALT, chest compressions were only interrupted for...... observed in either of the asystole scenarios. CONCLUSION: In a simulation setting, we demonstrated that charging of the defibrillator before rhythm analysis significantly reduced hands-off time compared with the ERC 2005 and ERC 2010 guidelines....

  11. Prognostic importance of distressed (Type D) personality and shocks in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Denollet, Johan; Tekle, Fetene B; Pedersen, Susanne S.;

    2013-01-01

    Clinical trials have shown the benefit of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) treatment. In this study, we examined the importance of chronic psychological distress and device shocks among ICD patients seen in clinical practice.......Clinical trials have shown the benefit of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) treatment. In this study, we examined the importance of chronic psychological distress and device shocks among ICD patients seen in clinical practice....

  12. Clinical effects and implications of cardiac rehabilitation for implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients

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    Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Moons, Philip; Christensen, Anne Vingaard;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:: The Copenhagen Outpatient ProgrammE-Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator trial was a randomized clinical trial that compared a complex rehabilitation intervention including exercise training and psychoeducational interventions with usual care. A significant difference between......-time implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation were randomized (1:1) to comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (12 weeks of exercise training and 1 year of psychoeducational follow-up) versus treatment as usual. Two primary outcomes, perceived health (Short Form-36) and peak oxygen uptake, were used. Cohen...

  13. Peer-led training in basic life support and resuscitation using an automatic external defibrillator

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    Løfgren, Bo; Petersen, Christina Børlum; Mikkelsen, Ronni;

    2009-01-01

    Peer-led training has been identified as a useful tool for delivering undergraduate healthcare training. In this paper we describe the implementation of the European Resuscitation Council BLS/AED Course as a peer-led training program for medical students....

  14. Economic evaluations of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a systematic review.

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    García-Pérez, Lidia; Pinilla-Domínguez, Pilar; García-Quintana, Antonio; Caballero-Dorta, Eduardo; García-García, F Javier; Linertová, Renata; Imaz-Iglesia, Iñaki

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    The aim of this paper was to review the cost-effectiveness studies of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) for primary or secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD). A systematic review of the literature published in English or Spanish was performed by electronically searching MEDLINE and MEDLINE in process, EMBASE, NHS-EED, and EconLit. Some keywords were implantable cardioverter defibrillator, heart failure, heart arrest, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, syncope, sudden death. Selection criteria were the following: (1) full economic evaluations published after 1995, model-based studies or alongside clinical trials (2) that explored the cost-effectiveness of ICD with or without associated treatment compared with placebo or best medical treatment, (3) in adult patients for primary or secondary prevention of SCD because of ventricular arrhythmias. Studies that fulfilled these criteria were reviewed and data were extracted by two reviewers. The methodological quality of the studies was assessed and a narrative synthesis was prepared. In total, 24 studies were included: seven studies on secondary prevention and 18 studies on primary prevention. Seven studies were performed in Europe. For secondary prevention, the results showed that the ICD is considered cost-effective in patients with more risk. For primary prevention, the cost-effectiveness of ICD has been widely studied, but uncertainty about its cost-effectiveness remains. The cost-effectiveness ratios vary between studies depending on the patient characteristics, methodology, perspective, and national settings. Among the European studies, the conclusions are varied, where the ICD is considered cost-effective or not dependent on the study. PMID:25323413

  15. Home Automation

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    In this paper I briefly discuss the importance of home automation system. Going in to the details I briefly present a real time designed and implemented software and hardware oriented house automation research project, capable of automating house's electricity and providing a security system to detect the presence of unexpected behavior.

  16. Implante de cardio-desfibrilador em gestantes com cardiomiopatia hipertrófica Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in pregnant women with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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    Leonardo Jorge Cordeiro de Paula

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Descrevemos os casos de duas gestantes portadoras de cardiomiopatia hipertrófica com alto risco de morte súbita arrítmica, que foram submetidas a implante de cardioversor-desfibrilador automático (CDI no intercurso da gestação. O momento para a realização do procedimento e os cuidados necessários para o implante do CDI durante a gestação são discutidos e foram os principais objetivos deste relato.We describe the successful implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD in two pregnant women with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at high risk. The indication of ICD and the necessary care for ICD implantation during pregnancy are discussed and were the main objectives of this case report.

  17. Long-Term Performance of the Riata/ST Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Lead.

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    Ströker, Erwin; de Asmundis, Carlo; Vanduynhoven, Philippe; De Vadder, Katrien; De Vusser, Philip; Mullens, Wilfried; Chierchia, Gian-Battista; Brugada, Pedro; Czapla, Jens; La Meir, Mark; Wellens, Francis; Van Herendael, Hugo; Rivero-Ayerza, Maximo

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    Riata and Riata ST implantable cardioverter-defibrillator leads are prone to structural and electrical failure (EF). Our objective was to evaluate Riata/ST lead performance over a long-term follow-up. Of 184 patients having undergone Riata/ST and Riata ST Optim lead implantation from September 2003 to June 2008, 154 patients were evaluated for EF and radiographic conductor externalization (CE). Survival analysis for EF was performed for Riata/ST leads, both for failure-free lead survival and cumulative hazard. Subanalysis on 7Fr leads was performed to evaluate EF and CE rates both for different Riata ST lead management (monitoring vs proactive) and between Riata ST and Riata ST Optim leads. During a mean follow-up of 7 years, Riata/ST lead EF rate was 13% overall. Similar failure-free survival rate was noted for 7Fr as for 8Fr leads (log-rank, p = 0.63). Of all failed leads, 64% failed only after 5 years of follow-up. Compared with the absolute failure rate of 1.84% per device year, cumulative hazard analysis for leads surviving past 5 years revealed an estimated failure rate of 7% per year. No clinical or procedural predictors for EF were found. The subanalysis on 7Fr leads showed an excellent outcome both for a proactive lead management approach as for Optim leads. In conclusion, long-term survival of the Riata/ST lead is impaired with an accelerating EF risk over time. An initial exponential trend was followed by a linear lead failure pattern for leads surviving past 5 years, corresponding to an estimated 7% annual EF rate. These findings may have repercussions on the lead management strategy in patients currently surviving with a Riata/ST lead to prevent significant clinical events like inappropriate shocks or failed device interventions. PMID:26762730

  18. Attrition and Adherence in a Web-Based Distress Management Program for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients (WEBCARE): Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Habibovic, M.; Cuijpers, P.; Alings, M.;

    2014-01-01

    Background: WEB-Based Distress Management Program for Implantable CARdioverter defibrillator Patients (WEBCARE) is a Web-based randomized controlled trial, designed to improve psychological well-being in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). As in other Web-based trials, we...

  19. Assessment of a remote monitoring system for implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

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    Masella, Cristina; Zanaboni, Paolo; Di Stasi, Francesca; Gilardi, Serena; Ponzi, Patrizia; Valsecchi, Sergio

    2008-01-01

    We conducted a multicentre study in five Italian hospitals to assess the feasibility of a remote monitoring service for the follow-up of implanted cardiac devices. The system was designed to monitor device performance as well as physiological aspects of the patient's condition. Sixty-seven patients (mean age 64 years) affected by chronic heart failure and with a biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator for cardiac re-synchronization therapy (CRT-D) were enrolled for a three-month observation period. A total of 267 device recordings were transmitted through the ordinary telephone network, with a success rate of 99%. The telemonitoring service was more efficient than conventional face-to-face follow-up in terms of the time savings: both for physicians (4.7 minutes versus 15 minutes for remote and conventional monitoring) and for patients (6.6 minutes versus 116.3 minutes). In addition, a total of 23 clinical events occurred during the study, but only two cases required a clinic visit, thus reducing inappropriate hospital admissions. Finally, the service was well accepted by all the users. PMID:18776073

  20. Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator Care in Radiation Oncology Patient Population

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    Purpose: To review the experience of a large cancer center with radiotherapy (RT) patients bearing implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) to propose some preliminary care guidelines as we learn more about the devices and their interaction with the therapeutic radiation environment. Methods and Materials: We collected data on patients with implanted ICDs treated with RT during a 2.5-year period at any of the five Memorial Sloan-Kettering clinical campuses. Information regarding the model, location, and dose detected from the device, as well as the treatment fields, fraction size, and treatment energy was collected. During this time, a new management policy for these patients had been implemented requiring treatment with low-energy beams (6 MV) and close surveillance of the patients in partnership with their electrophysiologist, as they received RT. Results: During the study period, 33 patients were treated with an ICD in place. One patient experienced a default of the device to its initial factory setting that was detected by the patient hearing an auditory signal from the device. This patient had initially been treated with a 15-MV beam. After this episode, his treatment was replanned to be completed with 6-MV photons, and he experienced no further events. Conclusion: Patients with ICDs and other implanted computer-controlled devices will be encountered more frequently in the RT department, and proper management is important. We present a policy for the safe treatment of these patients in the radiation oncology environment.

  1. Cardiomyopathy and the use of implanted cardio-defibrillators in children.

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    Kaminer, S J; Pickoff, A S; Dunnigan, A; Sterba, R; Wolff, G S

    1990-05-01

    Children and adults with cardiomyopathy and ventricular dysrhythmias have a uniformly poor prognosis, despite medical therapy. The use of automatic implantable cardio-defibrillators in adult patients with medically resistant ventricular dysrhythmias has resulted in a positive impact on survival. Because of its size and former lack of programmability, the device has been used rarely in children. Four patients with cardiomyopathy, in whom refractory ventricular dysrhythmias were managed with automatic implantable cardio-defibrillators, are presented. Two of these children are the youngest and smallest known in whom the device has been used; one of them received the first programmable model. The use of the automatic implantable cardio-defibrillator may enhance survival in selected young patients. PMID:1693196

  2. Library Automation

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    Dhakne, B. N.; Giri, V. V; Waghmode, S. S.

    2010-01-01

    New technologies library provides several new materials, media and mode of storing and communicating the information. Library Automation reduces the drudgery of repeated manual efforts in library routine. By use of library automation collection, Storage, Administration, Processing, Preservation and communication etc.

  3. Inappropriate shocks delivered by implantable cardiac defibrillators during oversensing of activity of diaphagmatic muscle

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    Babuty, D; Fauchier, L; Cosnay, P

    1999-01-01

    Two cases are reported (both men, one 72 and one 54 years old) of inappropriate shocks delivered by an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) device, which oversensed the myopotentials induced by deep breathing and Valsalva manoeuvre. No damage to leads was associated with the oversensing of myopotentials. The mechanism of the inappropriate shocks was determined using real time electrograms. Modification of the duration of ventricular detection and decrease in sensitivity made it possible to avoid the oversensing of myopotentials and to deliver ICD treatment.

 Keywords: implantable cardiac defibrillator;  inappropriate shocks;  myopotentials PMID:10220554

  4. Process automation

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    Process automation technology has been pursued in the chemical processing industries and to a very limited extent in nuclear fuel reprocessing. Its effective use has been restricted in the past by the lack of diverse and reliable process instrumentation and the unavailability of sophisticated software designed for process control. The Integrated Equipment Test (IET) facility was developed by the Consolidated Fuel Reprocessing Program (CFRP) in part to demonstrate new concepts for control of advanced nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. A demonstration of fuel reprocessing equipment automation using advanced instrumentation and a modern, microprocessor-based control system is nearing completion in the facility. This facility provides for the synergistic testing of all chemical process features of a prototypical fuel reprocessing plant that can be attained with unirradiated uranium-bearing feed materials. The unique equipment and mission of the IET facility make it an ideal test bed for automation studies. This effort will provide for the demonstration of the plant automation concept and for the development of techniques for similar applications in a full-scale plant. A set of preliminary recommendations for implementing process automation has been compiled. Some of these concepts are not generally recognized or accepted. The automation work now under way in the IET facility should be useful to others in helping avoid costly mistakes because of the underutilization or misapplication of process automation. 6 figs

  5. Network based automation for SMEs

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    Shahabeddini Parizi, Mohammad; Radziwon, Agnieszka

    2016-01-01

    The implementation of appropriate automation concepts which increase productivity in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) requires a lot of effort, due to their limited resources. Therefore, it is strongly recommended for small firms to open up for the external sources of knowledge, which...... could be obtained through network interaction. Based on two extreme cases of SMEs representing low-tech industry and an in-depth analysis of their manufacturing facilities this paper presents how collaboration between firms embedded in a regional ecosystem could result in implementation of new...... other members of the same regional ecosystem. The findings highlight two main automation related areas where manufacturing SMEs could leverage on external sources on knowledge – these are assistance in defining automation problem as well as appropriate solution and provider selection. Consequently, this...

  6. Quality control of cardiac defibrillator/defibrillation monitor%心脏除颤器/除颤监护仪的质量控制

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    崔亮; 崔骊; 黄韬

    2011-01-01

    目的:确保除颤器临床使用的安全性.方法:采用除颤器检定仪检测;结果:分析并解决了检测中出现的问题,保障了除颤器的安全使用.结论:对除颤器进行质量控制,可以预防因医疗设备失准而引起的医疗事故.%Objective: To ensure the safety of defibrillator that is usually used in clinical practice. Methods: The detector was used for examination of the defibriilator. Results: The problems in the testing were analyzed and solved to ensure the safety of the defibrillator. Conclusion: The medical accident that caused by misalignment of medical equipment can be prevented through the quality control.

  7. Temporal Influence of Heart Failure Hospitalizations Prior to Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator or Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy With Defibrillator on Subsequent Outcome in Mild Heart Failure Patients (from MADIT-CRT)

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    Lee, Andy Y; Moss, Arthur J; Ruwald, Martin H;

    2015-01-01

    effects on subsequent outcomes and benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D). Multivariate Cox models were used to determine the temporal influence of previous HF hospitalization on the end point of HF or death within all left bundle branch block implantable cardioverter-defibrillator...... (ICD) and CRT-D patients enrolled in the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial-Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (MADIT-CRT) trial (n = 1,250) and to evaluate the clinical benefit of CRT-D implantation, comparing CRT-D patients with ICD patients within each previous HF hospitalization...

  8. Implantable defibrillator lead extraction with optimized standard extraction techniques

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    Xian-Ming Chu; Xue-Bin Li; Ping Zhang; Yi An; Jiang-Bo Duan; Long Wang; Ding Li; Bing Li; Ji-Hong Guo

    2013-01-01

    Background Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) leads might not be extracted especially in developing countries because of the high cost and lack of specialized tools. We aimed to evaluate transvenous extraction of ICD leads using optimized standard techniques. Methods We prospectively analyzed clinical characteristics, optimized extraction techniques and the feasibility of extraction for 40 patients (33 males; mean age 47.9 ± 16.1 years) with 42 ICD leads. Results Complete procedural success rate was 95.2% (40/42), and the clinical success rate was 97.6% (41/42). One ICD lead required cardiothoracic surgery. Minor complications occurred in three cases (7.5%), and no major complications or death occurred. Locking stylets were used to extract most leads (34, 81.0%) and almost half of the leads (20, 47.6%) required mechanical dilatation to free fibrotic adhesions; these leads had been implanted for a longer period of time than the others (43.7 ± 18.2 vs. 18.4 ± 13.4 months, P < 0.05). Three-quarters of the leads (30, 71.4%) were extracted with locking stylets plus manual traction (12, 28.6%), or mechanical dilatation with counter-traction (18, 42.8%) by the superior vena cava approach and one-quarter of the leads (11, per lead. Linear regression analysis showed that the extraction time was significantly correlated with implant duration (r = 0.70, P < 0.001). optimized procedure for transvenous extraction of ICD leads provides a practical and low-cost method for standard procedures.

  9. Pseudodefects in SPET myocardium imaging after placement of a defibrillator patch electrode; Pseudodefekte bei der Myokard-SPECT durch implantierte Defibrillator-Patches: Phantommessungen mit SPECT und PET

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    Buchert, R. [Universitaetskrankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Abt. fuer Nuklearmedizin der Radiologischen Klinik; Rickers, C. [Universitaetskrankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Abt. Kardiologie der Klinik fuer Innere Medizin; Fuchs, C. [Universitaetskrankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Abt. fuer Nuklearmedizin der Radiologischen Klinik; Nienaber, C.A. [Universitaetskrankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Abt. Kardiologie der Klinik fuer Innere Medizin; Luebeck, M. [Universitaetskrankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Abt. fuer Nuklearmedizin der Radiologischen Klinik

    1996-12-01

    Aim and Methods: In order to estimate the effect of an epicardial or subcutan defibrillator patch electrode on the imaging of myocardium with SPET and PET we performed measurements with a body phantom and two different patch electrodes. Results: We found that in {sup 201}Tl-SPET with epicardial placing one electrode causes significant pseudodefects, which might lead to the impression of an infarction (`pseudoinfarction`), particularly in the case of reduced myocardial wall thickness. Measurements with {sup 99m}Tc show the same pseudodefects. In case of subcutaneous placing the electrodes are much less likely to cause relevant absorption effects. With PET even epicardially placed both patch electrodes do not produce pseudodefects. Therefore the risk of false-positive findings is very small with PET. Conclusion: In order to avoid false positive findings in cardiovascular nuclear medicine caused by defibrillator patch electrodes, patients with patch electrodes should be referred to PET, if available. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel und Methoden: Um den Effekt eines epikardial oder subkutan implantierten Defibrillator-Patches bei der nuklearmedizinischen Herzdiagnostik mittels SPECT und PET abzuschaetzen, wurden Messungen an einem Koerperphantom mit zwei verschiedenen Patchelektroden durchgefuehrt. Ergebnisse: Es zeigte sich, dass bei der {sup 201}Tl-SPECT bei epikardialer Plazierung eine der beiden Elektroden Pseudodefekte verursacht, die insbesondere im Falle duennwandiger Herzen die Beurteilung erschweren oder sogar zu falsch-positiven Befunden (`Pseudoinfarkte`) fuehren koennen. Bei Messungen mit {sup 99m}Tc findet man dieselben Pseudodefekte in nahezu gleicher Auspraegung. Im Falle subkutaner Plazierung sind beide Elektroden sowohl bei der {sup 201}Tl-SPECT als auch bei der {sup 99m}Tc-SPECT unkritisch. Bei der PET stellen die untersuchten Patchelektroden selbst bei epikardialer Plazierung keine erkennbare Stoerung dar, so dass hier die Gefahr eines falsch

  10. Terminal automation system maintenance

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    Coffelt, D.; Hewitt, J. [Engineered Systems Inc., Tempe, AZ (United States)

    1997-01-01

    Nothing has improved petroleum product loading in recent years more than terminal automation systems. The presence of terminal automation systems (TAS) at loading racks has increased operational efficiency and safety and enhanced their accounting and management capabilities. However, like all finite systems, they occasionally malfunction or fail. Proper servicing and maintenance can minimize this. And in the unlikely event a TAS breakdown does occur, prompt and effective troubleshooting can reduce its impact on terminal productivity. To accommodate around-the-clock loading at racks, increasingly unattended by terminal personnel, TAS maintenance, servicing and troubleshooting has become increasingly demanding. It has also become increasingly important. After 15 years of trial and error at petroleum and petrochemical storage and transfer terminals, a number of successful troubleshooting programs have been developed. These include 24-hour {open_quotes}help hotlines,{close_quotes} internal (terminal company) and external (supplier) support staff, and {open_quotes}layered{close_quotes} support. These programs are described.

  11. Inappropriate shock delivery due to interference between a washing machine and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

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    Kolb, Christof; Schmieder, Sebastian; Schmitt, Claus

    2002-12-01

    Electromagnetic interference with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can cause inappropriate delivery of therapies or temporary inhibition of ICD functions. The presented case describes electromagnetic interference between a washing machine and an ICD resulting in an inappropriate discharge of the device due to false detection of ventricular fibrillation. PMID:12510137

  12. Washing machine associated 50 Hz detected as ventricular fibrillation by an implanted cardioverter defibrillator.

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    Sabaté, X; Moure, C; Nicolás, J; Sedó, M; Navarro, X

    2001-08-01

    This case report describes a patient with an automatic ICD who suffered a defibrillation shock without warning symptoms. An electrical interference can be observed in the stored EGM of the episode. The patient explained that the moment he felt the shock he was touching a washing machine. After correct grounding of this machine the patient did not suffer more inappropriate shocks. PMID:11523615

  13. Inappropriate shock delivery by implantable cardioverter defibrillator due to electrical interference with washing machine.

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    Chongtham, Dhanaraj Singh; Bahl, Ajay; Kumar, Rohit Manoj; Talwar, K K

    2007-05-31

    We report a patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who received an inappropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator shock due to electrical interference from a washing machine. This electrical interference was detected as an episode of ventricular fibrillation with delivery of shock without warning symptoms. PMID:17395291

  14. Spinal cord stimulation for refractory angina in patients implanted with cardioverter defibrillators: five case reports

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    Enggaard, Thomas P; Andersen, Claus; Scherer, Christian

    2010-01-01

    Patients implanted with a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) who are suffering from refractory angina pectoris could benefit from spinal cord stimulation (SCS) due to the well-documented pain relieving effect. However, the combined treatment remains controversial. The aim of the study is to report ...

  15. Shock as a determinant of poor patient-centered outcomes in implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; Van Den Broek, Krista C; Van Den Berg, Martha;

    2010-01-01

    The medical benefits of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are well established, but ICD shocks are known to influence patient-centered outcomes. In this viewpoint, we examine the strength of the evidence as found in primary and secondary prevention trials that used quality of life ...

  16. Indications for dual-chamber (DDD) pacing in implantable cardioverter-defibrillator patients.

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    Santini, M; Ansalone, G; Auriti, A; Magris, B; Pandozi, C; Altamura, G

    1996-09-12

    New technologic development of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) keeps up with the exponential increase of their use for primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death. The first-generation ICD with limited shock capability alone could be considered adequate in most cardiac arrest victims, but it was not suitable for sudden death prevention in all high-risk patients with cardiac disease. The second-generation ICD was comprised of hybrid pacemaker-defibrillator systems that provided on-demand ventricular antibradycardia pacing. The third-generation devices include additional functions, such as antitachycardia pacing for ventricular tachycardia (VT) reversion and low-energy ventricular cardioversion, in addition to ventricular defibrillation and single-chamber ventricular demand pacing. In the near future, advanced dual-chamber atrioventricular (AV) pacing and defibrillating systems will also be available. The dual chamber ICD will allow atrial inhibited/dual-chamber (AAI/DDD) rate-responsive pacing, simultaneous atrial and ventricular sensing to optimize the arrhythmia identification, and ICD shock delivery in the proper arrhythmia-related chamber. Clinical benefits of these devices compared with their cost and complexity will require careful evaluation. PMID:8820847

  17. Undertreatment of anxiety and depression in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Hoogwegt, Madelein T; Kupper, Nina; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2012-01-01

    Twenty-five to 33% of patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) experience anxiety and depression, but it is not known whether their symptoms are adequately treated. We investigated (a) whether patients with clinically relevant symptoms of distress received appropriate treatment...

  18. Experiences of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator in Turkey: A qualitative study

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. There has been an increase in the number of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD. It isimportant to understand ICD patients’ experiences with it.Aim. The aim of this study was to describe experiences of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD.Methodology. A qualitative approach was used. Focus group interviews were used to obtain data from 19 patients whowere implanted cardioverter defibrillator at two centers in Izmir, Turkey. The patients were assigned into four groups. Thedata was analyzed using qualitative content analysis.Results. The analysis revealed six main themes: activities of daily living, social life, familial relationships, emotionalchanges, implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks and experiences with receiving information and counselling fromhealth care providers.Conclusions. It can be concluded that patients with ICD experience physical and psychological problems and are not offeredthe education they need. To reduce the fears of the patients and their families and to prepare them for possible life stylechanges, comprehensive training programs that start in the pre-implantation period and continue into the post-implantationperiod should be organized.

  19. Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation improves outcome for patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Pedersen, Preben Ulrich; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe;

    2015-01-01

    Aims:The aim of this randomised clinical trial was to assess a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation intervention including exercise training and psycho-education vs 'treatment as usual' in patients treated with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).Methods:In this study 196 patients with...

  20. Relation between emotional distress and heart rate variability in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Hoogwegt, Madelein T; Pedersen, Susanne S.; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2014-01-01

    We investigated the relationship between Type D personality, depression, and anxiety, and heart rate variability (HRV) in 64 patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). HRV was obtained via 24-h Holter monitoring, and 24-h, 30-min daytime rest and 30-min nighttime sleep HRV were...

  1. Increased anxiety in partners of patients with a cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; VAN DEN Berg, Martha; Erdman, Ruud A M;

    2009-01-01

    The partner of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) patient serves as an important source of support for the patient, which may be hampered if the partner experiences increased distress. We examined (1) potential differences in anxiety and depressive symptoms in ICD patients compared to...

  2. Gender disparities in anxiety and quality of life in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Habibović, Mirela; van den Broek, Krista C; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2011-01-01

    A paucity of studies in implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) patients has examined gender disparities in patient-reported outcomes, such as anxiety and quality of life (QoL). We investigated (i) gender disparities in anxiety and QoL and (ii) the magnitude of the effect of gender vs. New...

  3. Relation of statin therapy to psychological functioning in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Hoogwegt, Madelein T; Theuns, Dominic A M J; Kupper, Nina;

    2013-01-01

    patients, in general, and patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), in particular. We investigated the association between statin therapy and symptoms of anxiety and depression and patients' health status during the 12 months after implantation, reckoning with statin type and dosage...

  4. Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias and Mortality in Patients With an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

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    Mastenbroek, Mirjam H; Versteeg, Henneke; Jordaens, Luc;

    2014-01-01

    Objective We examined whether depression is independently associated with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy for ventricular tachyarrhythmias and mortality. Methods A cohort of 430 consecutive patients with a first-time ICD (79% men; mean [standard deviation] age = 57.8 [12...

  5. Dual-chamber implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Is it useful in patient with permanent atrial fibrillation?

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    Porres-Aracama, José M; Cerezuela, José Luis; García-Urra, Francisco; Luque-Lezcano, Oscar; Herrero, Vicente

    2016-08-01

    In patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implant indication, a single-chamber device is the choice because AF does not provide interesting information for the treatment. It is very unusual to find patients with permanent AF that coexist with atrial tachycardia with various degree of Atrioventricular block. PMID:27525075

  6. E-Health to Manage Distress in Patients With an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

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    Habibović, Mirela; Denollet, Johan; Cuijpers, Pim;

    2014-01-01

    UNLABELLED: The Web-based distress management program for patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD; WEBCARE) was developed to mitigate distress and enhance health-related quality of life in ICD patients. This study investigated the treatment effectiveness at 3-month follow...

  7. Pre implantation psychological functioning preserved in majority of implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients 12 months post implantation

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; Hoogwegt, Madelein T; Jordaens, Luc; Theuns, Dominic A M J

    2013-01-01

    The impact of ICD therapy on patient well being has typically focused on mean differences between groups, thereby neglecting changes within individuals. Using an intra-individual approach, we examined (i) the prevalence of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients maintaining their pr...... implantation level of psychological functioning at 12 months, and (ii) factors associated with deterioration in functioning....

  8. Patients' perspective on deactivation of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator near the end of life

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; Chaitsing, Rismy; Szili-Torok, Tamas;

    2013-01-01

    Recent guidelines have emphasized the importance of discussing the issue of deactivation near the end of life with patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Few studies have examined the patient perspective and patients' wishes. We examined patients' knowledge and wishes for ...

  9. Successful out-of-hospital defibrillation for ventricular fibrillation complicating solvent abuse.

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    1990-01-01

    The Authors describe the case history of a child who suffered a cardiac arrest with ventricular fibrillation after deliberate inhalation of 1,1,1-Trichloroethane in typewriter correction fluid thinners. Successful out-of-hospital defibrillation was carried out and the patient made a full recovery. The literature relating to this particular form of volatile substance abuse is reviewed.

  10. Psychological vulnerability, ventricular tachyarrhythmias and mortality in implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; Brouwers, Corline; Versteeg, Henneke

    2012-01-01

    Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy is the first-line treatment for the prevention of sudden cardiac death. Despite the demonstrated survival benefits of the ICD, predicting which patients will die from a ventricular tachyarrhythmia remains a major challenge. So far, psychological...

  11. Influence of diabetes mellitus on inappropriate and appropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy and mortality in the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial-Reduce Inappropriate Therapy (MADIT-RIT) Trial

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    Ruwald, Martin H.; Zareba, Wojciech; Jons, Christian;

    2013-01-01

    The relationship between diabetes mellitus and risk of inappropriate or appropriate therapy in patients receiving an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and resynchronization therapy has not been investigated thoroughly. The effect of innovative ICD programming on therapy delivery in these...

  12. Infarct size and recurrence of ventricular arrhythmias after defibrillator implantation

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    Sutter, J. de; Tavernier, R.; Kazmierckzak, J.; Buyzere, M. de; Clement, D.L. [Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Gent, Gent (Belgium); Wiele, C. van de; Dierckx, R.A. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Gent (Belgium); Jordaens, L. [Thoraxcenter, University Hospital Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands)

    2000-07-01

    Infarct size as determined by perfusion imaging is an independent predictor of mortality after implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (VA). However, its value as a predictor of VA recurrence and hospitalisation after ICD implantation is unknown. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate whether infarct size as determined by perfusion imaging can help to identify patients who are at high risk for recurrence of VA and hospitalisation after ICD implantation. We studied 56 patients with CAD and life-threatening VA. Before ICD implantation, all patients underwent a uniform study protocol including a thallium-201 stress-redistribution perfusion study. A defect score as a measurement of infarct size was calculated using a 17-segment 5-point scoring system. Study endpoints during follow-up were documented episodes of appropriate anti-tachycardia pacing and/or shocks for VA and cardiac hospitalisation for electrical storm (defined as three or more appropriate ICD interventions within 24 h), heart failure or angina. After a mean follow-up of 470{+-}308 days, 22 patients (39%) had recurrences of VA. In univariate analysis, predictors for recurrence were: (a) ventricular tachycardia (VT) as the initial presenting arrhythmia (86% vs 59% for patients without ICD therapy, P=0.04), (b) treatment with {beta}-blockers (36% vs 68%, P=0.03) and (c) a defect score (DS) {>=}20 (64% vs 32%, P=0.03). In multivariate analysis, VT as the presenting arrhythmia ({chi}2=5.51, P=0.02) and a DS {>=}20 ({chi}2=4.22, P=0.04) remained independent predictors. Cardiac hospitalisation was more frequent in patients with a DS {>=}20 (44% vs 13% for patients with DS <20, P=0.015) and this was particularly due to more frequent hospitalisations for electrical storm (24% vs 3% for patients with DS<20, P=0.037). The extent of scarring determined by perfusion imaging can separate

  13. Impact of implantable defibrillators and resynchronization therapy on outcome in patients with left ventricular dysfunction--a meta-analysis

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    Abdulla, Jawdat; Haarbo, Jens; Køber, Lars;

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The clinical benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and primary prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) are debated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate by a meta-analysis the effect of CRT and prophylacti...

  14. Integration of Attributes from Non-Linear Characterization of Cardiovascular Time-Series for Prediction of Defibrillation Outcomes.

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    Sharad Shandilya

    Full Text Available The timing of defibrillation is mostly at arbitrary intervals during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR, rather than during intervals when the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OOH-CA patient is physiologically primed for successful countershock. Interruptions to CPR may negatively impact defibrillation success. Multiple defibrillations can be associated with decreased post-resuscitation myocardial function. We hypothesize that a more complete picture of the cardiovascular system can be gained through non-linear dynamics and integration of multiple physiologic measures from biomedical signals.Retrospective analysis of 153 anonymized OOH-CA patients who received at least one defibrillation for ventricular fibrillation (VF was undertaken. A machine learning model, termed Multiple Domain Integrative (MDI model, was developed to predict defibrillation success. We explore the rationale for non-linear dynamics and statistically validate heuristics involved in feature extraction for model development. Performance of MDI is then compared to the amplitude spectrum area (AMSA technique.358 defibrillations were evaluated (218 unsuccessful and 140 successful. Non-linear properties (Lyapunov exponent > 0 of the ECG signals indicate a chaotic nature and validate the use of novel non-linear dynamic methods for feature extraction. Classification using MDI yielded ROC-AUC of 83.2% and accuracy of 78.8%, for the model built with ECG data only. Utilizing 10-fold cross-validation, at 80% specificity level, MDI (74% sensitivity outperformed AMSA (53.6% sensitivity. At 90% specificity level, MDI had 68.4% sensitivity while AMSA had 43.3% sensitivity. Integrating available end-tidal carbon dioxide features into MDI, for the available 48 defibrillations, boosted ROC-AUC to 93.8% and accuracy to 83.3% at 80% sensitivity.At clinically relevant sensitivity thresholds, the MDI provides improved performance as compared to AMSA, yielding fewer unsuccessful defibrillations

  15. Automated synthesis of sialylated oligosaccharides

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    Davide Esposito

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Sialic acid-containing glycans play a major role in cell-surface interactions with external partners such as cells and viruses. Straightforward access to sialosides is required in order to study their biological functions on a molecular level. Here, automated oligosaccharide synthesis was used to facilitate the preparation of this class of biomolecules. Our strategy relies on novel sialyl α-(2→3 and α-(2→6 galactosyl imidates, which, used in combination with the automated platform, provided rapid access to a small library of conjugation-ready sialosides of biological relevance.

  16. del Nido versus St. Thomas Cardioplegia Solutions: A Single-Center Retrospective Analysis of Post Cross-Clamp Defibrillation Rates.

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    Buel, Shane T; Striker, Carrie Whittaker; O'Brien, James E

    2016-06-01

    There are many cardioplegia solutions currently in use for pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The most common being del Nido solution. Another common cardioplegia solution used for pediatric CPB is St. Thomas. In October 2014, Children's Mercy Kansas City changed from the use of modified St. Thomas to del Nido. This study compared rates of post cross-clamp fibrillation requiring defibrillation between del Nido solution and modified St. Thomas solution stratified by weight at Children's Mercy Kansas City. This retrospective study consisted of 394 patients who underwent cardiac surgery requiring cardioplegia between January 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. The outcome measured was defibrillation upon cross-clamp removal. Statistical significance was determined using Fishers exact test with a two-sided significance level of .05. Incidence of defibrillation post cross-clamp removal was 4.4% in the del Nido group and 26.8% in the St. Thomas group (p 60-kg category had an incidence of defibrillation of 16.7% in the del Nido group and 63% in the St. Thomas group (p < .0623). This study demonstrates a 6-fold decrease in the overall rate of defibrillation post cross-clamp removal between St. Thomas and del Nido cardioplegia solutions. Analyses of weight stratifications demonstrate a decrease in the rate of defibrillation post cross-clamp removal in all categories within the del Nido group. PMID:27578896

  17. Combining multiple ECG features does not improve prediction of defibrillation outcome compared to single features in a large population of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

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    He, Mi; Gong, Yushun; Li, Yongqin; Mauri, Tommaso; Fumagalli, Francesca; Bozzola, Marcella; Cesana, Giancarlo; Latini, Roberto; Pesenti, Antonio; Ristagno, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Quantitative electrocardiographic (ECG) waveform analysis provides a noninvasive reflection of the metabolic milieu of the myocardium during resuscitation and is a potentially useful tool to optimize the defibrillation strategy. However, whether combining multiple ECG features can improve the capability of defibrillation outcome prediction in comparison to single feature analysis is still uncertain. Methods A total of 3828 defibrillations from 1617 patients who experienced out-of...

  18. The critical importance of minimal delay between chest compressions and subsequent defibrillation: a haemodynamic explanation.

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    Steen, Stig; Liao, Qiuming; Pierre, Leif; Paskevicius, Audrius; Sjöberg, Trygve

    2003-09-01

    Outcome after prehospital defibrillation remains dire. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the pathophysiology of cardiac arrest and to suggest ways to improve outcome. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) was induced in air-ventilated pigs, after which ventilation was withdrawn. After 6.5 min of VF, ventilation with 100% oxygen was initiated. In six pigs (group I), defibrillation was the only treatment carried out. In another six pigs (group II), mechanical chest compression-decompression CPR (mCPR) was carried out for 3.5 min followed by a 40-s hands-off period before defibrillation. If unsuccessful, mCPR was resumed for a further 30 s before a second or a third, 40-s delayed, shock was given. In a final six pigs (group III) mCPR was applied for 3.5 min after which up to three shocks (if needed) were given during on-going mCPR. Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) occurred in none of the pigs in group I (0%), in 1 of six pigs in group II (17%) and in five of six pigs in group III (83%). During the first 3 min of VF arterial blood was transported to the venous circulation, with the consequence that the left ventricle emptied and the right ventricle became greatly distended. It took 2 min of mCPR to establish an adequate coronary perfusion pressure, which was lost when the mCPR was interrupted. During 30 s of mCPR coronary perfusion pressure was negative, but a carotid flow of about 25% of basal value was obtained. In this pig model, VF caused venous congestion, an empty left heart, and a greatly distended right heart within 3 min. Adequate heart massage before and during defibrillation greatly improved the likelihood of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). PMID:12969599

  19. Defibrillator-Induced Tricuspid Abscess Presenting as Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Wound Ulceration

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    Khan, Rafay; Arshed, Sabrina; Ahmed, Amar; Sen, Shuvendu; Yousif, Abdalla

    2015-01-01

    Right-sided endocarditis is predominantly seen in patients with a history of intravenous drug abuse. However, it is well shown in the literature to be associated with patients containing foreign bodies such as pacemakers, central venous lines, and in those with congenital heart disease. In patients with pacemaker leads and in those with automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICDs), it is important to suspect foreign body infection when there are signs and indications of bacteremi...

  20. An open source HPC-enabled model of cardiac defibrillation of the human heart

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    Bernabeu Llinares, Miguel Oscar; Pitt-Francis, Joe; Rodriguez, Blanca; Kay, David

    2011-01-01

    Sudden cardiac death following cardiac arrest is a major killer in the industrialised world. The leading cause of sudden cardiac death are disturbances in the normal electrical activation of cardiac tissue, known as cardiac arrhythmia, which severely compromise the ability of the heart to fulfill the body's demand of oxygen. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is the most deadly form of cardiac arrhythmia. Furthermore, electrical defibrillation through the application of strong electric shocks to t...

  1. Verification of a Defibrillation Simulation Using Internal Electric Fields in a Human Shaped Phantom

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    Tate, Jess; Pilcher, Thomas; Aras, Kedar; Burton, Brett; Macleod, Rob

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a computer simulation to evaluate the success of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) in a patient specific manner. Though we have verified the simulations by means of surface recordings of shock potentials in humans, recordings of potentials within the heart and torso are needed to further verify the model for use in a clinical setting. We suspended an ex-planted porcine heart in a torso shaped electrolytic tank and recorded potentials on the tank surface, the epi...

  2. Effects of an alert system on implantable cardioverter defibrillator-related anxiety

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    Duru, Firat; Dorian, Paul; Favale, Stefano;

    2010-01-01

    Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can prevent sudden cardiac death by delivering high-energy shocks in patients at risk of life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Patients may be anxious about receiving inappropriate shocks in case of device or lead system malfunction, or about......) is a multicentre, randomized, clinical trial designed to examine the effects of the awareness of an active vibrating alert system on device-related anxiety....

  3. Association of Air Pollution with Increased Incidence of Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias Recorded by Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillators

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    Dockery, Douglas W.; Luttmann-Gibson, Heike; Rich, David Q.; Link, Mark S.; Mittleman, Murray A.; Gold, Diane R.; Koutrakis, Petros; Schwartz, Joel D.; Verrier, Richard L.

    2005-01-01

    Epidemiologic studies have demonstrated a consistent link between sudden cardiac deaths and particulate air pollution. We used implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) records of ventricular tachyarrhythmias to assess the role of air pollution as a trigger of these potentially life-threatening events. The study cohort consisted of 203 cardiac patients with ICD devices in the Boston metropolitan area who were followed for an average of 3.1 years between 1995 and 2002. Fine particle mass and ...

  4. Prophylactic use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in the elderly population

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    Yuchuan LIU; Hue-Teh Shih

    2005-01-01

    @@ Introduction Sudden cardiac death (SCD) accounts for approximately 300,000 deaths each year in the United States. Ventricular fibrillation, as the initial event, had been reported in 65%-85% of these patients.1 An implantable cardioverterdefibrillator (ICD) is the single most effective life saving device to date. The advances in medicine and technology have led to wide spread utilization of defibrillators in developed countries.

  5. Beam Profile Disturbances from Implantable Pacemakers or Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Interactions

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    Gossman, Michael S., E-mail: mgossman@tsrcc.com [Tri-State Regional Cancer Center, Medical Physics Section, Ashland, KY (United States); Comprehensive Heart and Vascular Associates, Heart and Vascular Center, Ashland, KY (United States); Medtronic, Inc., External Research Program, Mounds View, MN (United States); Nagra, Bipinpreet; Graves-Calhoun, Alison; Wilkinson, Jeffrey [Tri-State Regional Cancer Center, Medical Physics Section, Ashland, KY (United States); Comprehensive Heart and Vascular Associates, Heart and Vascular Center, Ashland, KY (United States); Medtronic, Inc., External Research Program, Mounds View, MN (United States)

    2011-01-01

    The medical community is advocating for progressive improvement in the design of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and implantable pacemakers to accommodate elevations in dose limitation criteria. With advancement already made for magnetic resonance imaging compatibility in some, a greater need is present to inform the radiation oncologist and medical physicist regarding treatment planning beam profile changes when such devices are in the field of a therapeutic radiation beam. Treatment plan modeling was conducted to simulate effects induced by Medtronic, Inc.-manufactured devices on therapeutic radiation beams. As a continuation of grant-supported research, we show that radial and transverse open beam profiles of a medical accelerator were altered when compared with profiles resulting when implantable pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators are placed directly in the beam. Results are markedly different between the 2 devices in the axial plane and the sagittal planes. Vast differences are also presented for the therapeutic beams at 6-MV and 18-MV x-ray energies. Maximum changes in percentage depth dose are observed for the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator as 9.3% at 6 MV and 10.1% at 18 MV, with worst distance to agreement of isodose lines at 2.3 cm and 1.3 cm, respectively. For the implantable pacemaker, the maximum changes in percentage depth dose were observed as 10.7% at 6 MV and 6.9% at 18 MV, with worst distance to agreement of isodose lines at 2.5 cm and 1.9 cm, respectively. No differences were discernible for the defibrillation leads and the pacing lead.

  6. The dilemma of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy in the geriatric population

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    Diana Revenco; James P Morgan; Lana Tsao

    2011-01-01

    Current guidelines for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator(ICD)therapy in heart failure patients were established by multiple device trials;however,very few geriatric patients(patients≥65 years old)were included in these studies.This article explores the controversies of ICD implantation in the geriatric population,management of delivered ICD therapy in this age group,and the end of life care in patients with ICD.

  7. Driving restrictions after implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation: an evidence-based approach

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    Thijssen, Joep; Borleffs, C. Jan Willem; van Rees, Johannes B.; de Bie, Mihály K; van der Velde, Enno T.; Van Erven, Lieselot; Bax, Jeroen J; Cannegieter, Suzanne C.; Schalij, Martin J

    2011-01-01

    Aims Little evidence is available regarding restrictions from driving following implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation or following first appropriate or inappropriate shock. The purpose of the current analysis was to provide evidence for driving restrictions based on real-world incidences of shocks (appropriate and inappropriate). Methods and results A total of 2786 primary and secondary prevention ICD patients were included. The occurrence of shocks was noted during a medi...

  8. Spiritual well-being may buffer psychological distress in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)

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    Salmoirago-Blotcher, Elena; Crawford, Sybil; Tran, Chau; Goldberg, Robert; Rosenthal, Lawrence; Ockene, Ira

    2012-01-01

    Psychological distress is common in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and has been associated with a worse prognosis. The authors examined whether spiritual wellbeing is associated with reduced psychological distress in patients with ICDs. The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Wellbeing (FACIT-SWB) questionnare and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) were used to measure spiritual wellbeing and overall psychological distress. Mu...

  9. Study on the Switching Time-Variation of Simultaneously Controlled IGBT: Case of Defibrillators Design

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    Mudrov T.; Kostov J.

    2009-01-01

    Samples of integrated gain bipolar transistors (IGBT) of the same type but produced under different technologies were tested about the switching time-variation. This is of high importance when several IGBT are connected in series to commutate high voltage defibrillation shocks. Very often, a short voltage overload of one of the IGBT in group leads to electrical breakdown of all transistors, due to nonsynchronised driving of the gate-emitter circuits. The goal of the study was to check whether...

  10. Automation Security

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    Mirzoev, Dr. Timur

    2014-01-01

    Web-based Automated Process Control systems are a new type of applications that use the Internet to control industrial processes with the access to the real-time data. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks contain computers and applications that perform key functions in providing essential services and commodities (e.g., electricity, natural gas, gasoline, water, waste treatment, transportation) to all Americans. As such, they are part of the nation s critical infrastructu...

  11. Wearable defibrillator use in heart failure (WIF: results of a prospective registry

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    Kao Andrew C

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Heart failure (HF patients have a high risk of death, and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs are effective in preventing sudden cardiac death (SCD. However, a certain percentage of patients may not be immediate candidates for ICDs, particularly those having a short duration of risk or an uncertain amount of risk. This includes the newly diagnosed patients, as well as those on the cardiac transplant list or NYHA class IV heart failure patients who do not already have an ICD. In these patients, a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD may be used until long term risk of SCD is defined. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of SCD in this population, and the efficacy of early defibrillation by a WCD. Methods Ten enrolling centers identified 89 eligible HF patients who were either listed for cardiac transplantation, diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, or receiving inotropic medications. Data collected included medical history, device records, and outcomes (including 90 day mortality. Results Out of 89 patients, final data on 82 patients has been collected. Patients wore the device for 75±58 days. Mean age was 56.8±13.2, and 72% were male. Most patients (98.8% were diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy with a low ejection fraction ( Conclusions In conclusion, the WCD monitored HF patients until further assessment of risk. The leading reasons for end of WCD use were improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF or ICD implantation if there was no significant improvement in LVEF.

  12. Frequent Home Monitoring of ICD Is Effective to Prevent Inappropriate Defibrillator Shock Delivery

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    Paolo Bifulco

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, in the context of telemedicine, telemonitoring services are gaining attention. They are offered, for example, to patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs. A major problem associated with ICD therapy is the occurrence of inappropriate shocks which impair patients’ quality of life and may also be arrhythmogenic. The telemonitoring can provide a valid support to intensify followup visits, in order to improve the prevention of inappropriate defibrillator shock, thus enhancing patient safety. Inappropriate shock generally depends on atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, and abnormal sensing (such as those caused by electromagnetic interferences. As a practical example, an unusual case of an ICD patient who risked an inappropriate shock while taking a shower is reported. Continuous remote telemonitoring was able to timely warn cardiologist via GSM-SMS, who were able to detect improper sensing examining the intracardiac electrogram via Web. Patient was promptly contacted and warned to not further come in contact with the hydraulic system and any electrical appliance to prevent an inappropriate defibrillator shock. This demonstrates the effectiveness and usefulness of continuous remote telemonitoring in supporting ICD patients.

  13. Non-linear dynamical signal characterization for prediction of defibrillation success through machine learning

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    Shandilya Sharad

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ventricular Fibrillation (VF is a common presenting dysrhythmia in the setting of cardiac arrest whose main treatment is defibrillation through direct current countershock to achieve return of spontaneous circulation. However, often defibrillation is unsuccessful and may even lead to the transition of VF to more nefarious rhythms such as asystole or pulseless electrical activity. Multiple methods have been proposed for predicting defibrillation success based on examination of the VF waveform. To date, however, no analytical technique has been widely accepted. We developed a unique approach of computational VF waveform analysis, with and without addition of the signal of end-tidal carbon dioxide (PetCO2, using advanced machine learning algorithms. We compare these results with those obtained using the Amplitude Spectral Area (AMSA technique. Methods A total of 90 pre-countershock ECG signals were analyzed form an accessible preshosptial cardiac arrest database. A unified predictive model, based on signal processing and machine learning, was developed with time-series and dual-tree complex wavelet transform features. Upon selection of correlated variables, a parametrically optimized support vector machine (SVM model was trained for predicting outcomes on the test sets. Training and testing was performed with nested 10-fold cross validation and 6–10 features for each test fold. Results The integrative model performs real-time, short-term (7.8 second analysis of the Electrocardiogram (ECG. For a total of 90 signals, 34 successful and 56 unsuccessful defibrillations were classified with an average Accuracy and Receiver Operator Characteristic (ROC Area Under the Curve (AUC of 82.2% and 85%, respectively. Incorporation of the end-tidal carbon dioxide signal boosted Accuracy and ROC AUC to 83.3% and 93.8%, respectively, for a smaller dataset containing 48 signals. VF analysis using AMSA resulted in accuracy and ROC AUC of 64

  14. The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Advisory Notification Has No Adverse Impact on Patient Reported Outcomes in Danish Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients

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    Pedersen, Susanne Møller; Versteeg, Henneke; Nielsen, Jens C.;

    The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Advisory Notification Has No Adverse Impact on Patient Reported Outcomes in Danish Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients.......The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Advisory Notification Has No Adverse Impact on Patient Reported Outcomes in Danish Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients....

  15. The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Advisory Notification has no adverse impact on patient reported outcomes in Danish implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients

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    Pedersen, Susanne Møller; Versteeg, Henneke; Nielsen, Jens C.;

    The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Advisory Notification has no adverse impact on patient reported outcomes in Danish implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients.......The Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Advisory Notification has no adverse impact on patient reported outcomes in Danish implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients....

  16. Analysis of Clinical Application of Electric Defibrillation%电除颤的临床应用分析

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    李黎

    2015-01-01

    Objective To analyse the clinical application of electric defibril ation. Methods Our hospital admissions for patients with cardiac ar est in 78 cases as the research object, conform to the requirements of electric defibril ation indications, according to ventricular fibril ation cardiac arrest - time (T) divided into study group and control group, 40 cases in the study group, T 2min defibril ator. Comparative analysis of two groups of the successful rate of CPR and defibril ation ef iciency. Results The ef ective rate of the study group the successful rate of CPR and defibril ation were significantly higher than those in the control group ( 2min除颤。对比分析两组复苏成功率与除颤有效率。结果研究组复苏成功率与除颤有效率皆明显高于对照组(<0.05)。结论确保心脏骤停患者符合电除颤适应症且排除禁忌症情况下,尽早予以电除颤可提高复苏成功率与除颤有效率,值得借鉴。

  17. External Beam Therapy (EBT)

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    ... Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z External Beam Therapy (EBT) External beam therapy (EBT) is a ... follow-up should I expect? What is external beam therapy and how is it used? External beam ...

  18. Consensus document regarding cardiovascular safety at sports arenas

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    Borjesson, Mats; Serratosa, Luis; Carre, Francois;

    2011-01-01

    Mass gathering events in sports arenas create challenges regarding the cardiovascular safety of both athletes and spectators. A comprehensive medical action plan, to ensure properly applied cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and wide availability and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), is...

  19. Automation from pictures

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    The state transition diagram (STD) model has been helpful in the design of real time software, especially with the emergence of graphical computer aided software engineering (CASE) tools. Nevertheless, the translation of the STD to real time code has in the past been primarily a manual task. At Los Alamos we have automated this process. The designer constructs the STD using a CASE tool (Cadre Teamwork) using a special notation for events and actions. A translator converts the STD into an intermediate state notation language (SNL), and this SNL is compiled directly into C code (a state program). Execution of the state program is driven by external events, allowing multiple state programs to effectively share the resources of the host processor. Since the design and the code are tightly integrated through the CASE tool, the design and code never diverge, and we avoid design obsolescence. Furthermore, the CASE tool automates the production of formal technical documents from the graphic description encapsulated by the CASE tool. (author)

  20. Automated Budget System

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    Department of Transportation — The Automated Budget System (ABS) automates management and planning of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) budget by providing enhanced capability to plan,...

  1. Discussion on Quality Control of Defibrillator Monitor%除颤监护器质量控制探讨

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    朱悦; 尹钢; 廖云粤

    2016-01-01

    In reference to Calibration Specification for Defibrillator Monitor, this paper adopted the Fluke Impluse7000DP Defibrillator Analyzers to conduct quality control to test five parameters of cardiac de-fibrillator monitors in our hospital, including appearance and function, delivered energy, charging time, delay time under synchronizer, and heart rate value. Timely maintenance was carried out on defibrillators with certain problems to ensure the safe use of defibrillators in clinical practice. Meanwhile a compar-ative analysis was conducted on the results of quality control. The research explored a quality control program that was appropriate for defibrillator quality control in the context of clinical experience in the hospital.%本文参照国家对除颤监护器的校准规范,采用Fluke Impluse7000DP除颤器分析仪,对本院的全部除颤监护器进行了外观功能、释放能量准确性、充电时间、同步延时时间、心率示值这5个项目的质控检测,对存在问题的除颤器及时进行维修,保证了除颤器的临床使用安全。同时对质控检测结果进行了比较分析,并结合临床的使用体验,探索适合我院除颤监护器质量控制方案。

  2. Development of a hybrid battery system for an implantable biomedical device, especially a defibrillator/cardioverter (ICD)

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    Drews, Jürgen; Wolf, R.; Fehrmann, G.; Staub, R.

    An implantable defibrillator battery has to provide pulse power capabilities as well as high energy density. Low self-discharge rates are mandatory and a way to check the remaining available capacity is necessary. These requirements are accomplished by a system consisting of a lithium/manganese dioxide 6 V battery, plus a lithium/iodine-cell. The use of a high rate 6 V double-cell design in combination with a high energy density cell reduces the total volume required by the power source within an implantable defibrillator. The design features and performance data of the hybrid system are described.

  3. Development of a hybrid battery system for an implantable biomedical device, especially a defibrillator/cardioverter (ICD)

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    Drews, J.; Wolf, R.; Fehrmann, G.; Staub, R. [Litronik GmbH und Co., Pirna (Germany)

    1999-07-01

    An implantable defibrillator battery has to provide pulse power capabilities as well as high energy density. Low self-discharge rates are mandatory and a way to check the remaining available capacity is necessary. These requirements are accomplished by a system consisting of a lithium/manganese dioxide 6 V battery, plus a lithium/iodine-cell. The use of a high rate 6 V double-cell design in combination with a high energy density cell reduces the total volume required by the power source within an implantable defibrillator. The design features and performance data of the hybrid system are described. (orig.)

  4. Debate: Do all patients with heart failure require implantable defibrillators to prevent sudden death?

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    Marchlinski Francis E

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Sudden death is a major cause of mortality in patients with ventricular dysfunction. The highest risk occurs among patients with less severe functional impairment. Current methods of risk stratification are inadequate, and a rational therapy for prevention of sudden death is not available. The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD has proven to be more effective than drugs in reducing sudden-death risk in some subsets of patients. Empiric ICD therapy, targeting the general population with mild to moderate heart failure, will maximize the impact of such a strategy to prevent sudden death and improve long-term survival.

  5. Is there an Optimal Shape of the Defibrillation Shock: Constant Current vs. Pulsed Biphasic Waveforms

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    Ivan Dotsinsky; Tsvetan Mudrov; Vessela Krasteva; Jecho Kostov

    2013-01-01

    Three waveforms for transthoracic defibrillation are assessed and compared: the Pulsed Biphasic Waveform (PBW), the Rectilinear Biphasic Waveform (RBW), and the "lossless" constant current (LLCC) pulses. Two indices are introduced: 1) kf = W/W0 - the ratio between the delivered energy W and the energy W0 of a rectangular pulse with the same duration and electric charge; 2) ηC = W/WC0 - the level of utilizing the initially loaded capacitor energy WC0. The envisioned comparative study shows tha...

  6. Ventricular Arrhythmias in Apparently Normal Hearts: Who Needs an Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator?

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    Tan, Alex Y; Ellenbogen, Kenneth

    2016-09-01

    Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia is often considered a benign form of ventricular arrhythmia in patients without apparent structural heart disease. However, a subset of patients may develop malignant ventricular arrhythmias and present with syncope and sudden cardiac arrest. Survivors of cardiac arrest are candidates for implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). The indications for ICDs in patients with less than a full-blown cardiac arrest presentation but with electrocardiographically high-risk ectopy features remain uncertain. This article addresses some of the uncertainties and pitfalls in ICD risk stratification in this patient group and explores potential mechanisms for malignant conversion of benign premature ventricular complexes to sustained arrhythmia. PMID:27521094

  7. Study on the Switching Time-Variation of Simultaneously Controlled IGBT: Case of Defibrillators Design

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    Mudrov T.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Samples of integrated gain bipolar transistors (IGBT of the same type but produced under different technologies were tested about the switching time-variation. This is of high importance when several IGBT are connected in series to commutate high voltage defibrillation shocks. Very often, a short voltage overload of one of the IGBT in group leads to electrical breakdown of all transistors, due to nonsynchronised driving of the gate-emitter circuits. The goal of the study was to check whether compensation of the delays introduced throughout the IGBT control circuits might be efficient despite the own dispersion of the transistor parameters.

  8. Manufacturing and automation

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    Ernesto Córdoba Nieto

    2010-01-01

    The article presents concepts and definitions from different sources concerning automation. The work approaches automation by virtue of the author’s experience in manufacturing production; why and how automation prolects are embarked upon is considered. Technological reflection regarding the progressive advances or stages of automation in the production area is stressed. Coriat and Freyssenet’s thoughts about and approaches to the problem of automation and its current state are taken and e...

  9. Is there an Optimal Shape of the Defibrillation Shock: Constant Current vs. Pulsed Biphasic Waveforms

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    Ivan Dotsinsky

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Three waveforms for transthoracic defibrillation are assessed and compared: the Pulsed Biphasic Waveform (PBW, the Rectilinear Biphasic Waveform (RBW, and the "lossless" constant current (LLCC pulses. Two indices are introduced: 1 kf = W/W0 - the ratio between the delivered energy W and the energy W0 of a rectangular pulse with the same duration and electric charge; 2 ηC = W/WC0 - the level of utilizing the initially loaded capacitor energy WC0. The envisioned comparative study shows that ηC index is favorable for both PBW and LLCC, while kf of both RBW and LLCC demonstrates advantage over the PBW in the range of small inter-electrode thoracic impedances below 80 Ω. Some design considerations are also discussed. The attractive LLCC concept needs large and heavy inductive coil to support the constant current amplitude, besides it is capable to induce strong electromagnetic influences due to the complex current control. The RBW technology controls the delivery of current through a series of internal resistors which are, however, a source of high heat losses. The PBW implements controlled duty cycle of high-frequency chopped pulses to adapt the energy delivery in respect of the patient impedance measured at the beginning of the shock. PBW technology makes use of small capacitors which allows the construction of light weight and small-size portable devices for transthoracic defibrillation.

  10. A Comparison of the Effect of Square and Circular Electrodes During Defibrillation

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    Langrill Beaudoin, Deborah M.; Roth, Bradley J.

    2004-10-01

    The mechanism by which defibrillation-strength electric fields affect the heart has been studied extensively. Widely cited experiments designed to look at this effect incorporated plunge electrodes, made up of insulated, 21-gauge needles, to record the transmural, extracellular potential. In a previous paper (Langrill and Roth, IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 48:1207-1211, 2001), we looked at the effect of a single circular plunge electrode in a passive, two-dimensional model of cardiac tissue under the influence of a defibrillation-strength electric field. In a more recent paper, we looked at 9 square plunge electrodes. It is our hypothesis that the shape of the electrode does not make a significant difference in the response of the tissue to the electric field. We perform the same simulations as in the circular plunge electrode paper and compare the two sets of data. We find that although there are some quantitative differences between the two shapes, the overall response is nearly identical.

  11. Can nurses in cardiology areas prepare patients for implantable cardioverter defibrillator implant and life at home?

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    Tagney, Jenny

    2004-01-01

    This study explored nurses' confidence and competence in preparing patients for having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator implanted and for life at home after discharge. Whilst research has identified various physical and psychosocial effects to patients and their partners associated with device implant and subsequent lifestyle adjustments, no research has explored nurses' knowledge of the device or these effects. A survey was designed using a purposive sample of 152 nurses from cardiology areas in four large teaching hospitals and a 28-point postal questionnaire to explore knowledge of the device and its impact. Most subjects were not confident in their abilities to prepare patients for implant or life at home after implant. Knowledge of the device and its effects appeared poorly understood by all nurses, irrespective of additional qualifications, length of time since qualifying or area of work. Many participants were aware of the poor knowledge level of nurses and identified it as a weakness in current care practices. Lack of understanding may impair preparation of patients for implantation of or for living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, and feasible strategies to change this situation will require careful consideration and further investment. PMID:15152752

  12. Experience With the Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator in Patients at High Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

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    Günther, Michael; Quick, Silvio; Pfluecke, Christian; Rottstädt, Fabian; Szymkiewicz, Steven J.; Ringquist, Steven; Strasser, Ruth H.; Speiser, Uwe

    2016-01-01

    Background: This study evaluated the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) for use and effectiveness in preventing sudden death caused by ventricular tachyarrhythmia or fibrillation. Methods: From April 2010 through October 2013, 6043 German WCD patients (median age, 57 years; male, 78.5%) were recruited from 404 German centers. Deidentified German patient data were used for a retrospective, nonrandomized analysis. Results: Ninety-four patients (1.6%) were treated by the WCD in response to ventricular tachyarrhythmia/fibrillation. The incidence rate was 8.4 (95% confidence interval, 6.8–10.2) per 100 patient-years. Patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator explantation had an incidence rate of 19.3 (95% confidence interval, 12.2–29.0) per 100 patient-years. In contrast, an incidence rate of 8.2 (95% confidence interval, 6.4–10.3) was observed in the remaining cardiac diagnosis groups, including dilated cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, and ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathies. Among 120 shocked patients, 112 (93%) survived 24 hours after treatment, whereas asystole was observed in 2 patients (0.03%) with 1 resulting death. ConclusionS: This large cohort represents the first nationwide evaluation of WCD use in patients outside the US healthcare system and confirms the overall value of the WCD in German treatment pathways. PMID:27458236

  13. Patient-reported outcomes in Danish implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients with a Sprint Fidelis lead advisory notification

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    Pedersen, Susanne S; Versteeg, Henneke; Nielsen, Jens Cosedis;

    2011-01-01

    Few studies have investigated the association between implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and lead advisory notifications and patient-reported outcomes (PROs). We examined (i) whether the mode used to inform patients about a device advisory is associated with PROs, and (ii) whether pat...

  14. Postoperative infection with the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator: clinical presentation and use of the gallium scan in diagnosis

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    Kelly, P.A.; Wallace, S.; Tucker, B.; Hurvitz, R.J.; Ilvento, J.; Mirabel, G.S.; Cannom, D.S.

    1988-08-01

    This report describes three patients with infection involving an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator. All three patients presented with fever, fluid in the pulse generator pocket, leukocytosis and an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate. A gallium scan, together with aspiration and culture of the fluid from the pocket, confirmed the diagnosis in each case.

  15. Monitoring treatment expectations in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator using the EXPECT-ICD scale

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    Habibovic, Mirela; Pedersen, Susanne S.; van den Broek, Krista C;

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: Patient treatment expectations may affect cardiac outcomes; however, till date, no validated instruments have been developed to monitor treatment expectations in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). This study evaluates the predictive value of the newly developed 10...

  16. Subclavian Vein Stenosis/Occlusion Following Transvenous Cardiac Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implantation: Incidence, Pathophysiology and Current Management

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    Brian O'Leary

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Subclavian vein stenosis is a common, but usually asymptomatic, complication following cardiac device placement. In addition to reviewing the literature on incidence, pathogenesis and management options for this important clinical problem, we describe two cases of symptomatic subclavian vein occlusion following pacemaker/defibrillator placement and successful treatment with venoplasty and stenting.

  17. Effects of drugs on defibrillation threshold%药物对除颤阈值的影响

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    黄震华

    2009-01-01

    Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator possesses vital value for preventing sudden cardiac death. For patients with already implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, some cardiovascular drugs especially the anti-arrhythmic ones are still inevitably needed. Some evidences showed that sotalol, and β-adrenergic receptor antagonists may decrease defibrillation threshold, and amiodarone, lidocaine, mexiletine, moracizine, verapamil may increase defibrillation threshold.%埋藏式心脏复律除颤器对于预防心源性猝死具有重要价值.对于已安装埋藏式心脏复律除颤器的病人,不可避免地仍需使用一些心血管药物,特别是抗心律失常药物.一些证据表明,索他洛尔、肾上腺素β受体阻滞药可降低除颤阈值,而胺碘酮、利多卡因、美西律、莫雷西嗪、维拉帕米等可提高除颤阈值.

  18. Manufacturing and automation

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    Ernesto Córdoba Nieto

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The article presents concepts and definitions from different sources concerning automation. The work approaches automation by virtue of the author’s experience in manufacturing production; why and how automation prolects are embarked upon is considered. Technological reflection regarding the progressive advances or stages of automation in the production area is stressed. Coriat and Freyssenet’s thoughts about and approaches to the problem of automation and its current state are taken and examined, especially that referring to the problem’s relationship with reconciling the level of automation with the flexibility and productivity demanded by competitive, worldwide manufacturing.

  19. Chest Compressions Cause Recurrence of Ventricular Fibrillation After the First Successful Conversion by Defibrillation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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    J. Berdowski; J.G.P. Tijssen; R.W. Koster

    2010-01-01

    Background-Unlike Resuscitation Guidelines (GL) 2000, GL2005 advise resuming cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately after defibrillation. We hypothesized that immediate CPR resumption promotes earlier recurrence of ventricular fibrillation (VF). Methods and Results-This study used data of a

  20. Prophylactic implantable defibrillator in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia and no prior ventricular fibrillation or sustained ventricular tachycardia.

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    Corrado, Domenico

    2010-09-21

    The role of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy\\/dysplasia and no prior ventricular fibrillation (VF) or sustained ventricular tachycardia is an unsolved issue.

  1. No Electromagnetic Interference Occurred in a Patient with a HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System and a Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

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    Raman, Ajay Sundara; Shabari, Farshad Raissi; Kar, Biswajit; Loyalka, Pranav; Hariharan, Ramesh

    2016-01-01

    The use of subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators is a novel option for preventing arrhythmia-mediated cardiac death in patients who are at risk of endovascular-device infection or in whom venous access is difficult. However, the potential for electromagnetic interference between subcutaneous defibrillators and left ventricular assist devices is largely unknown. We report the case of a 24-year-old man in whom we observed no electromagnetic interference between a subcutaneous imp...

  2. Type D personality is associated with increased anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator and their partners

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    Pedersen, Susanne S.; van Domburg, Ron T; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2014-01-01

    We investigated the prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and their partners, and the role of personality factors and social support as determinants of distress.......We investigated the prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and their partners, and the role of personality factors and social support as determinants of distress....

  3. The effect of pinacidil on postshock activation and ventricular defibrillation threshold in canine hearts

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    Qi JIN; Ning ZHANG; Jian ZHOU; Chang-jian LIN; Yang PANG; Gang GU; Wei-feng SHEN; Li-qun WU

    2012-01-01

    Aim: To determine the postshock activation patterns with both successful and failed shocks in a canine model of ventricular fibrillation,and whether piniacidil,an early after-depolarization (EAD) inhibitor,altered the defibrillation threshold (DFT) and postshock activation patterns.Methods: In 6 beagles,a basket catheter with 64 unipolar electrodes was placed in the LV for global endocardial mapping,a monophasic action potential catheter was inserted into the LV apex,and a catheter with the negative electrode in the right ventricle and the positive electrode in the superior vena cava was inserted for defibrillation.The DFT,90% action potential duration (APD90) and activation recovery interval (ARI) were evaluated before and after pinacidil administration (loading dosage 0.5 mg/kg and maintenance dosage 0.5 mg·kg-1-h-1,iv).Electrical heterogeneities were defined with the dispersion of ARI.After successful and failed shocks with nearDFT strength,the earliest postshock activation patterns (focal or nonfocal endocardial activation),interval and location were detected.Results: Pinacidil significantly decreased APD90 (from 178±16 ms to 168±18 ms) and ARI from (152±10 ms to 143±10 ms) at pacing cycle length of 300 ms.The drug significantly increased VF activation rate (from 10.0±1.9 Hz to 10.8±2.0 Hz).The drug did not affect the dispersion of ARI,neither it changed DFT (baseline: 480±110 V; pinacidil: 425±55 V,P>O.05).The earliest postshock activation arose locally on the LV apical endocardium before and after the drug treatment.Pinacidil significantly prolonged the postshock cycle length of cycles 2 to 5 for the successful episodes but not for the failed episodes.Conclusion: Pinacidil increases the postshock cycle length suggesting that EAD may play a role in postshock activation,while it fails to alter DFT suggesting that EAD produced by shock does not determine a defibrillation success or failure.

  4. An automated swimming respirometer

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    STEFFENSEN, JF; JOHANSEN, K; BUSHNELL, PG

    1984-01-01

    An automated respirometer is described that can be used for computerized respirometry of trout and sharks.......An automated respirometer is described that can be used for computerized respirometry of trout and sharks....

  5. Configuration Management Automation (CMA)

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    Department of Transportation — Configuration Management Automation (CMA) will provide an automated, integrated enterprise solution to support CM of FAA NAS and Non-NAS assets and investments. CMA...

  6. Workflow automation architecture standard

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    Moshofsky, R.P.; Rohen, W.T. [Boeing Computer Services Co., Richland, WA (United States)

    1994-11-14

    This document presents an architectural standard for application of workflow automation technology. The standard includes a functional architecture, process for developing an automated workflow system for a work group, functional and collateral specifications for workflow automation, and results of a proof of concept prototype.

  7. Regulating multiple externalities

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    Waldo, Staffan; Jensen, Frank; Nielsen, Max;

    2016-01-01

    Open access is a well-known externality problem in fisheries causing excess capacity and overfishing. Due to global warming, externality problems from CO2 emissions have gained increased interest. With two externality problems, a first-best optimum can be achieved by using two regulatory instrume......Open access is a well-known externality problem in fisheries causing excess capacity and overfishing. Due to global warming, externality problems from CO2 emissions have gained increased interest. With two externality problems, a first-best optimum can be achieved by using two regulatory...

  8. Attitudes towards implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy: a national survey in Danish health-care professionals

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    Johansen, Jens B; Mortensen, Peter T; Videbæk, Regitze;

    2011-01-01

    Aims The aim of this study was to examine health-care professionals attitudes towards implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy and issues discussed with patients. Methods and results Survey of 209 health-care professionals providing specialized treatment and care of ICD patients at the......-physicians. Physicians were less likely to believe that their personal attitude towards ICD treatment has no influence on how they deal professionally with patients (27.8 vs. 43.6%; P = 0.04). Physicians and non-physicians were equally positive towards ICD therapy as primary prophylaxis in ischaemic cardiomyopathy (87...... discussing ICD treatment with candidate patients. At the same time, physicians are more aware that their attitude towards ICD treatment may influence how they deal professionally with patients compared with non-physicians....

  9. Intensity of primary emotions in patients after implantation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Stoier, Louise; Pedersen, Preben Ulrich; Berg, Selina Kikkenborg

    2013-01-01

    Background: Experienced emotions can affect the outcome of, and adherence to a cardiac rehabilitation program, and patients coping with an illness. With more awareness of the expressed emotions, health professionals might be better able to understand the reactions of patients and to improve...... receiving an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator was measured by a survey using the Emotions and Health Scale. The survey was carried out as part of a randomized clinical trial the COPE-ICD trial (ID: NCT00569478) and is regarded as post-hoc explorative analysis. All data were collected from October 2007...... and surprise. No difference was found regarding the intensity of the primary emotions when the group of patients was divided according to occupation or age. A significant increase in the negative emotions sadness, disgust, anger and surprise was observed in women and in patients who receive the Implantable...

  10. Legal and organizational aspects of remote cardiac monitoring: the example of implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

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    Vinck, Imgard; De Laet, Chris; Stroobandt, Serge; Van Brabandt, Hans

    2012-09-01

    The remote monitoring of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) recently emerged as an attractive technological innovation that proved to be reasonably safe in partially replacing the in-clinic follow-ups of ICD patients with no or only mild symptoms. Apart from the fact that strong evidence about any additional clinical benefits and/or cost-efficiency are still awaited, legal and organizational hurdles remain in place, hampering any possibility for adoption of remote cardiac monitoring. This paper identifies a number of legal and organizational constraints which urgently need to be addressed. An elaboration of the specific juridical guidance for the interpretation and application of the relevant legislation is called for. PMID:22345377

  11. Gender disparities in psychological distress and quality of life among patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    Brouwers, Corline; van den Broek, Krista C; Denollet, Johan;

    2011-01-01

    disparities in psychological distress and QoL in ICD patients by means of a systematic review, and (2) provide recommendations for future research and clinical implications. A systematic search of the literature identified 18 studies with a sample size ≥ 100 that examined gender disparities in anxiety......A subset of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) reports psychological distress and poor quality of life (QoL). Gender is one of the factors that has been proposed to explain individual differences in these outcomes. In this viewpoint, we (1) review the evidence for gender....../depression and QoL in ICD patients (mean prevalence of women = 21%; mean age = 62 years). Our review shows that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that gender per se is a major autonomous predictor for disparities in psychological distress and QoL in ICD patients. Women had a higher prevalence of anxiety...

  12. Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy: Risk Stratification and Indications for Defibrillator Therapy.

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    Zorzi, Alessandro; Rigato, Ilaria; Bauce, Barbara; Pilichou, Kalliopi; Basso, Cristina; Thiene, Gaetano; Iliceto, Sabino; Corrado, Domenico

    2016-06-01

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a genetically determined disease which predisposes to life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. The main goal of ARVC therapy is prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is the most effective therapy for interruption of potentially lethal ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Despite its life-saving potential, ICD implantation is associated with a high rate of complications and significant impact on quality of life. Accurate risk stratification is needed to identify individuals who most benefit from the therapy. While there is general agreement that patients with a history of cardiac arrest or hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachycardia are at high risk of SCD and needs an ICD, indications for primary prevention remain a matter of debate. The article reviews the available scientific evidence and guidelines that may help to stratify the arrhythmic risk of ARVC patients and guide ICD implantation. Other therapeutic strategies, either alternative or additional to ICD, will be also addressed. PMID:27147509

  13. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator Treatment in a Child with Heart Failure and Ventricular Arrhythmia.

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    Kim, Hak Ju; Cho, Sungkyu; Kim, Woong-Han

    2016-08-01

    Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a new treatment for refractory heart failure. However, most patients with heart failure treated with CRT are adults, middle-aged or older with idiopathic or ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. We treated a 12-year-old boy, who was transferred after cardiac arrest, with dilated cardiomyopathy, left bundle-branch block, and ventricular tachycardia. We performed cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D). After CRT-D, left ventricular ejection fraction improved from 22% to 44% assessed by echocardiogram 1 year postoperatively. On electrocardiogram, QRS duration was shortened from 206 to 144 ms. The patient's clinical symptoms also improved. For pediatric patients with refractory heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia, CRT-D could be indicated as an effective therapeutic option. PMID:27525239

  14. Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, unknown to chest radiography: Review, complications and systematic reading

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    Highlights: •Radiologists have an important function in the evaluation of these devices. •We revise their radiological appearances and possible complications. •The knowledge in normal aspects and complications is important for radiologist. •To ensure an accurate reading of the chest x-ray, we present a systematic approach. -- Abstract: Chest X-ray is the imaging technique of choice for an initial study of pacemakers and implantable cardio-defibrillators (ICD). Radiologists have an important role in the evaluation of its initial placement and in the assessment during its follow-up. For this reason, it is necessary to know not only the different existing devices and its components but also the reasons of malfunction or possible complications. The purpose of this article is to do a systematic review of the different types of pacemakers and ICD. We review their usual radiological appearances, the possible complications which might take place and its causes of malfunctioning

  15. PDE constrained optimization of electrical defibrillation in a 3D ventricular slice geometry.

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    Chamakuri, Nagaiah; Kunisch, Karl; Plank, Gernot

    2016-04-01

    A computational study of an optimal control approach for cardiac defibrillation in a 3D geometry is presented. The cardiac bioelectric activity at the tissue and bath volumes is modeled by the bidomain model equations. The model includes intramural fiber rotation, axially symmetric around the fiber direction, and anisotropic conductivity coefficients, which are extracted from a histological image. The dynamics of the ionic currents are based on the regularized Mitchell-Schaeffer model. The controls enter in the form of electrodes, which are placed at the boundary of the bath volume with the goal of dampening undesired arrhythmias. The numerical optimization is based on Newton techniques. We demonstrated the parallel architecture environment for the computation of potentials on multidomains and for the higher order optimization techniques. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26249168

  16. Psychological indices as predictors for phantom shocks in implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients

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    Starrenburg, Annemieke; Kraaier, Karin; Pedersen, Susanne; Scholten, Marcoen; Van Der Palen, Job

    2014-01-01

    Background A phantom shock - the sensation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) discharge in the absence of an actual discharge - is a phenomenon that can occur in ICD patients. Little is known about the influence of psychological factors on the incidence of phantom shocks. We...... evaluated psychological correlates of phantom shocks 2 years post-ICD implant in a cohort of Dutch ICD recipients. Methods Consecutive patients (N = 300; 87.5% men; mean age = 62.3) willing to participate in a prospective study (Twente ICD Cohort Study) on psychological factors in ICD recipients received an...... ICD between September 2007 and February 2010. At baseline, patients complete the 36-item Short Form Health Survey, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the Type D Scale. Lifetime presence of anxiety and depression was assessed with the MINI structural interview. Results During a follow-up of 24...

  17. Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, unknown to chest radiography: Review, complications and systematic reading

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    Alandete Germán, Salvador Pascual, E-mail: salaiger@gmail.com; Isarria Vidal, Santiago, E-mail: isarria@comv.es; Domingo Montañana, María Luisa, E-mail: domingo.luimon@gmail.com; De la vía Oraá, Esperanza, E-mail: esviao82@gmail.com; Vilar Samper, José, E-mail: vilarsamper@gmail.com

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: •Radiologists have an important function in the evaluation of these devices. •We revise their radiological appearances and possible complications. •The knowledge in normal aspects and complications is important for radiologist. •To ensure an accurate reading of the chest x-ray, we present a systematic approach. -- Abstract: Chest X-ray is the imaging technique of choice for an initial study of pacemakers and implantable cardio-defibrillators (ICD). Radiologists have an important role in the evaluation of its initial placement and in the assessment during its follow-up. For this reason, it is necessary to know not only the different existing devices and its components but also the reasons of malfunction or possible complications. The purpose of this article is to do a systematic review of the different types of pacemakers and ICD. We review their usual radiological appearances, the possible complications which might take place and its causes of malfunctioning.

  18. ExternE National Implementation Finland

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    Pingoud, K.; Maelkki, H.; Wihersaari, M.; Pirilae, P. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland); Hongisto, M. [Imatran Voima Oy, Vantaa (Finland); Siitonen, S. [Ekono Energy Ltd, Espoo (Finland); Johansson, M. [Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki (Finland)

    1999-07-01

    ExternE National Implementation is a continuation of the ExternE Project, funded in part by the European Commission's Joule III Programme. This study is the result of the ExternE National Implementation Project for Finland. Three fuel cycles were selected for the Finnish study: coal, peat and wood-derived biomass, which together are responsible for about 40% of total electricity generation in Finland and about 75% of the non-nuclear fuel based generation. The estimated external costs or damages were dominated by the global warming (GW) impacts in the coal and peat fuel cycles, but knowledge of the true GW impacts is still uncertain. From among other impacts that were valued in monetary terms the human health damages due to airborne emissions dominated in all the three fuel cycles. Monetary valuation for ecosystem impacts is not possible using the ExternE methodology at present. The Meri-Pori power station representing the coal fuel cycle is one of the world's cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power plants with a condensing turbine. The coal is imported mainly from Poland. The estimated health damages were about 4 mECU/kWh, crop damages an order of magnitude lower and damages caused to building materials two orders of magnitude lower. The power stations of the peat and biomass fuel cycles are of CHP type, generating electricity and heat for the district heating systems of two cities. Their fuels are of domestic origin. The estimated health damages allocated to electricity generation were about 5 and 6 mECU/kWh, respectively. The estimates were case-specific and thus an generalisation of the results to the whole electricity generation in Finland is unrealistic. Despite the uncertainties and limitations of the methodology, it is a promising tool in the comparison of similar kinds of fuel cycles, new power plants and pollution abatement technologies and different plant locations with each other. (orig.)

  19. ExternE National Implementation Finland

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    ExternE National Implementation is a continuation of the ExternE Project, funded in part by the European Commission's Joule III Programme. This study is the result of the ExternE National Implementation Project for Finland. Three fuel cycles were selected for the Finnish study: coal, peat and wood-derived biomass, which together are responsible for about 40% of total electricity generation in Finland and about 75% of the non-nuclear fuel based generation. The estimated external costs or damages were dominated by the global warming (GW) impacts in the coal and peat fuel cycles, but knowledge of the true GW impacts is still uncertain. From among other impacts that were valued in monetary terms the human health damages due to airborne emissions dominated in all the three fuel cycles. Monetary valuation for ecosystem impacts is not possible using the ExternE methodology at present. The Meri-Pori power station representing the coal fuel cycle is one of the world's cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power plants with a condensing turbine. The coal is imported mainly from Poland. The estimated health damages were about 4 mECU/kWh, crop damages an order of magnitude lower and damages caused to building materials two orders of magnitude lower. The power stations of the peat and biomass fuel cycles are of CHP type, generating electricity and heat for the district heating systems of two cities. Their fuels are of domestic origin. The estimated health damages allocated to electricity generation were about 5 and 6 mECU/kWh, respectively. The estimates were case-specific and thus an generalisation of the results to the whole electricity generation in Finland is unrealistic. Despite the uncertainties and limitations of the methodology, it is a promising tool in the comparison of similar kinds of fuel cycles, new power plants and pollution abatement technologies and different plant locations with each other. (orig.)

  20. Genome-wide association of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator activation with life-threatening arrhythmias.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To identify genetic factors that would be predictive of individuals who require an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD, we conducted a genome-wide association study among individuals with an ICD who experienced a life-threatening arrhythmia (LTA; cases vs. those who did not over at least a 3-year period (controls. BACKGROUND: Most individuals that receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators never experience a life-threatening arrhythmia. Genetic factors may help identify who is most at risk. METHODS: Patients with an ICD and extended follow-up were recruited from 34 clinical sites with the goal of oversampling those who had experienced LTA, with a cumulative 607 cases and 297 controls included in the analysis. A total of 1,006 Caucasian patients were enrolled during a time period of 13 months. Arrhythmia status of 904 patients could be confirmed and their genomic data were included in the analysis. In this cohort, there were 704 males, 200 females, and the average age was 73.3 years. We genotyped DNA samples using the Illumina Human660 W Genotyping BeadChip and tested for association between genotype at common variants and the phenotype of having an LTA. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: We did not find any associations reaching genome-wide significance, with the strongest association at chromosome 13, rs11856574 at P = 5×10⁻⁶. Loci previously implicated in phenotypes such as QT interval (measure of the time between the start of the Q wave and the end of the T wave as measured by electrocardiogram were not found to be significantly associated with having an LTA. Although powered to detect such associations, we did not find common genetic variants of large effect associated with having a LTA in those of European descent. This indicates that common gene variants cannot be used at this time to guide ICD risk-stratification. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00664807.

  1. Shoe-String Automation

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    Duncan, M.L.

    2001-07-30

    Faced with a downsizing organization, serious budget reductions and retirement of key metrology personnel, maintaining capabilities to provide necessary services to our customers was becoming increasingly difficult. It appeared that the only solution was to automate some of our more personnel-intensive processes; however, it was crucial that the most personnel-intensive candidate process be automated, at the lowest price possible and with the lowest risk of failure. This discussion relates factors in the selection of the Standard Leak Calibration System for automation, the methods of automation used to provide the lowest-cost solution and the benefits realized as a result of the automation.

  2. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... two different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray ... sources, the difference being that in the external beam the treatment comes from outside the patient, whereas ...

  3. ASH External Web Portal (External Portal)

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    Department of Transportation — The ASH External Web Portal is a web-based portal that provides single sign-on functionality, making the web portal a single location from which to be authenticated...

  4. Generalized Network Externality Function

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    A. Paothong; G.S. Ladde

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we focus on the development of mathematical modeling of network externality processes. The introduction of the generalized network externality function provides a unified source of a tool for developing and analyzing the planning, policy and performance of the network externality process and network goods/services in a systematic way. This leads to fulfill all existing network externality assumptions as special cases. We study its properties and applications. This study provides...

  5. Cost-Effectiveness of Adding Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy to an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Among Patients With Mild Heart Failure

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    Woo, Christopher Y; Strandberg, Erika J; Schmiegelow, Michelle D;

    2015-01-01

    -defibrillator (ICD) alone among patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction, prolonged intraventricular conduction, and mild heart failure. DESIGN: Markov decision model. DATA SOURCES: Clinical trials, clinical registries, claims data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Centers for Disease......BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) reduces mortality and heart failure hospitalizations in patients with mild heart failure. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of adding CRT to an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (CRT-D) compared with implantable cardioverter...... Control and Prevention life tables. TARGET POPULATION: Patients aged 65 years or older with a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 30% or less, QRS duration of 120 milliseconds or more, and New York Heart Association (NYHA) class I or II symptoms. TIME HORIZON: Lifetime. PERSPECTIVE: Societal...

  6. Spontaneous defibrillation after cessation of resuscitation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a case of Lazarus phenomenon.

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    Kämäräinen, Antti; Virkkunen, Ilkka; Holopainen, Leevi; Erkkilä, Elja-Pekka; Yli-Hankala, Arvi; Tenhunen, Jyrki

    2007-12-01

    This report describes a case of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with spontaneous defibrillation and subsequent return of circulation after cessation of resuscitative efforts. A 47-year-old man was found in cardiac arrest and resuscitation was initiated. As no response was achieved, the efforts were withdrawn and final registered cardiac rhythm was ventricular fibrillation. Fifteen minutes later the patient was found to be normotensive and breathing spontaneously. The patient made a poor neurological recovery and died 3 months after the arrest. The authors are unable to give an explanation to the event, but suspect the effect of adrenaline combined with mild hypothermia to have contributed to the self-defibrillation of the myocardium. PMID:17629389

  7. Using a Combined Platform of Swarm Intelligence Algorithms and GIS to Provide Land Suitability Maps for Locating Cardiac Rehabilitation Defibrillators

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    KAFFASH-CHARANDABI, Neda; SADEGHI-NIARAKI, Abolghasem; Park, Dong-Kyun

    2015-01-01

    Background: Cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart is completely stopped and is not pumping any blood. Although most cardiac arrest cases are reported from homes or hospitals, about 20% occur in public areas. Therefore, these areas need to be investigated in terms of cardiac arrest incidence so that places of high incidence can be identi-fied and cardiac rehabilitation defibrillators installed there.Methods: In order to investigate a study area in Petersburg, Pennsylvania State, and...

  8. Cost Effectiveness of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy versus Drug Therapy for Patients at High Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

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    Spath, Marian A.; Bernie J. O'Brien

    2002-01-01

    The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a therapy for patients at risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF). But the apparent high cost of ICD therapy relative to antiarrhythmic drugs such as amiodarone has raised questions about the cost effectiveness of ICD therapy versus drug therapy. To inform this debate we reviewed the literature on ICD cost effectiveness. An electronic and manual search was conducted for articles publi...

  9. 62. Gap in the application of implantable defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy guidelines in heart failure patients

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    A. Hersi; A. Al Hammad; T. Al Doheyan; D. Al Munif; J. Alaskar; A. Haifa

    2016-01-01

    Literature review revealed no studies were done regarding the application of implantable defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy guidelines in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, our aim was to identify the gap in the application of the guidelines for acute on chronic systolic heart failure patients in Saudi Arabia. Design and setting: We used data from the heart function assessment registry trial in Saudi Arabia (HEARTS) to explore the rate of device implantation. In consecutive cohort a...

  10. Decalogue of electric defibrillation Decálogo de la desfibrilación eléctrica

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    Elkín Ferdinand Cardona Duque

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Defibrillation is an emergency procedure and the only effective therapy for ventricular fibrillation. Electrical defibrillation delivers large amounts of current to the myocardium and thus depolarizes it, terminating ventricular fibrillation and other arrhythmias. A defibrillator is a device that administers a controlled electrical shock, allowing the operator to select a variable current at the precise moment, according to patient‘s condition. Understanding defibrillator‘s operation leads to more effective resuscitation rates and more therapeutic alternatives in patients with any cardiac electric disturbance. La desfibrilación es un procedimiento de emergencia y es la única terapia efectiva para el manejo de la fibrilación ventricular. La desfibrilación eléctrica libera corriente en gran cantidad al miocardio, despolarizándolo y terminando la fibrilación ventricular y otras arritmias. Un desfibrilador es un aparato que suministra un choque eléctrico en forma controlada, permitiendo al operador seleccionar una corriente variable en el momento oportuno, de acuerdo con la condición del paciente. El entendimiento del manejo del desfibrilador permite tasas de resucitación más efectivas y más alternativas terapéuticas en pacientes con trastornos del ritmo cardíaco.

  11. Obese Patients Defibrillation Failure in 1 Cases%肥胖患者电除颤失败1例

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    赵莹; 吴浩

    2014-01-01

    利用除颤仪对某螳发生严重快速性异位性心律失常的心脏实施电击,借以消除这些心律失常。称作电除颤(也叫电复律)。在电除颤时。除颤仪释放强大的瞬时电脉冲,使全部心肌在同一时间完成除极,导致心律失常的异常兴奋灶及折返环被完全"消灭"。全部心肌在瞬问处于心电静止状态。这样窦房结就获得了重新主导心脏节律的机会。%Using the defibril ation apparatus of a serious rapidity of gladiator ectopic ar hythmias of cardiac shock, so as to eliminate these arrhythmia. Cal ed electric defibril ation (also cal ed cardioerter). When the electrical shock. Defibril ation apparatus release strong instantaneous electrical impulses, making al the myocardium in addition to the tasks at the same time, cause ar hythmia very excited and exhumation ring oven is completely"destroy". Al the myocardial instantaneous asked in ecg stationary state. The sinoatrial node have a new chance to dominate the heart rhythm.

  12. Pearls and perils of an implantable defibrillator trial using a common control: implications for the design of future studies

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    Hallstrom Alfred P

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Aims Implantable defibrillators are considered life-saving therapy in heart failure (CHF patients. Surprisingly, the recent Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT reached an opposing conclusion from that of numerous other trials about their survival benefit in patients with advanced CHF. A critical analysis of common control trial design may explain this paradoxical finding, with important implications for future studies. Methods and Results Common control trials compare several intervention groups to a single rather than separate control groups. Though potentially requiring fewer patients than trials using separate controls, variation in the common control group will influence all comparisons and creates correlations between findings. During subgroup analyses, this dependency of outcomes may increase belief in the presence of a real subgroup effect when, in fact, it should increase skepticism. For example, a high (r = 0.92, statistically unlikely (p = 0.052 correlation between comparisons was observed across the subgroups reported in SCD-HeFT. Such concordance between amiodarone and a defibrillator across subgroups was unexpected, given how much the effects of these treatments significantly differed from one another in the main study. This suggests the study's subgroup findings (specifically the absence of benefit from defibrillators in advanced CHF were not necessarily a consequence of treatment; more likely, they resulted from variation in what the treatments were compared against, the common control. Conclusion Common control trials can be more efficient than other designs, but induce dependence between treatment comparisons and require cautious interpretation.

  13. 埋藏式心脏转复除颤器植入术中除颤阈值测试的管理%Management of defibrillation threshold test in the implantation of implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    周燕; 王玉如; 翟大玲; 徐金凤; 胡玉芳; 陈桂花; 何英; 殷雪梅

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨埋藏式心脏转复除颤器(ICD)植入术中除颤阈值(DFT)测试过程中的监护与管理要点,降低测试过程中的并发症发生率.方法 回顾性分析50例植入ICD患者术中DFT测试与管理的过程,观察在规范化监护和管理下并发症的发生率.结果 50例患者植入手术过程顺利.1例患者在测试中首次除颤未成功,第2次予最大能量除颤成功;1例在行DFT测试后出现持续低血压和低血氧状态,通过及时应用升压药和增大给氧流量后恢复;1例患者诱发室颤未成功,放弃DFT测试,给予经验性能量设置.术后所有患者生命体征平稳,无手术相关重大并发症发生.结论 ICD除颤阈值测试的过程中,有出现持续低血压、低血氧和除颤阈值偏高等情况的可能,全面、有效的监护管理能显著降低DFT测试中的风险.%Objective To explore the guardianship and management points of defibrillation threshold test(DFT) in the implantation of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Methods Test and management procedures of DFT in 50 patients with ICD implantation were analyzed retrospectively. Incidence rate of complications was observed under the standardized guardianship and management. Results All the patients had successful operations. One patient failed in the first defibrillation, and then had successful defibrillation with a maximum energy in second time. One patient had persistent hypotension and hypoxemia after DFT, which were corrected after application of pressor agent and increasing of oxygen flow. One patient received empirical energy setting instead of DFT because of ventricular fibrillation. After the operation, all the patients'vital signs were stable, and no one had severe operation- related complications. Conclusion Persistent hypotension, hypoxemia and high defibrillation threshold may occur in process of DFT, and comprehensive and effective management and guardianship can significantly reduce the

  14. Automated stopcock actuator

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    Vandehey, N. T.; O'Neil, J.P.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction We have developed a low-cost stopcock valve actuator for radiochemistry automation built using a stepper motor and an Arduino, an open-source single-board microcontroller. The con-troller hardware can be programmed to run by serial communication or via two 5–24 V digital lines for simple integration into any automation control system. This valve actuator allows for automated use of a single, disposable stopcock, providing a number of advantages over stopcock manifold systems ...

  15. The Adaptive Automation Design

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    Calefato, Caterina; Montanari, Roberto; TESAURI, Francesco

    2008-01-01

    After considering the positive effects of adaptive automation implementation, this chapter focuses on two partly overlapping phenomena: on the one hand, the role of trust in automation is considered, particularly as to the effects of overtrust and mistrust in automation's reliability; on the other hand, long-term lack of exercise on specific operation may lead users to skill deterioration. As a future work, it will be interesting and challenging to explore the conjunction of adaptive automati...

  16. Service functional test automation

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    Hillah, Lom Messan; Maesano, Ariele-Paolo; Rosa, Fabio; Maesano, Libero; Lettere, Marco; Fontanelli, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the automation of the functional test of services (black-box testing) and services architectures (grey-box testing) that has been developed by the MIDAS project and is accessible on the MIDAS SaaS. In particular, the paper illustrates the solutions of tough functional test automation problems such as: (i) the configuration of the automated test execution system against large and complex services architectures, (ii) the constraint-based test input generation, (iii) the spec...

  17. Slowing of electrical activity in ventricular fibrillation is not associated with increased defibrillation energies in the isolated rabbit heart

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Prolonged out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation (VF arrests are associated with reduced ECG dominant frequency (DF and diminished defibrillation success. Partial reversal of ischaemia increases ECG DF and improves defibrillation outcome. We have investigated the metabolic components of ischaemia responsible for the decline in ECG DF and defibrillation success.Isolated Langendorff-perfused rabbit hearts were loaded with the voltage-sensitive dye RH237. Using a photodiode array, epicardial membrane potentials were recorded at 252 sites (15x15mm on the anterior surface of the left & right ventricles. Simultaneously, a global ECG was recorded. VF was induced by burst pacing, and after 60s, perfusion was either reduced to 6ml/min or the perfusate composition changed to impose hypoxia (95%N2/5%CO2, pH 6.7 (80%O2/20%CO2, or hyperkalaemia (8mM. Using Fast Fourier Transform, power spectra were created from the optical signals and the global ECG. The optical power spectra were summated to give a global power spectrum (pseudoECG. At 600s the minimum defibrillation voltage (MDV was determined by step-up protocol.During VF, the ECG and pseudoECG DF were reduced by low-flow ischaemia (9.0±1.0Hz, p<0.01, n=5 and raised [K+]o (12.2±1.3 Hz, p<0.05, n=7 compared to control (19.2±1.5 Hz, n=20, but were unaffected by acidic pHo (16.7±1.1 Hz, n=11 and hypoxia (14.0±1.2 Hz, n=10. In contrast, the MDV was raised by acidic pH (156.1±26.4V, p<0.001 and hypoxia (154.1±22.1V, p<0.01 compared to control (65.6±2.3V, but comparable changes were not observed in low-flow ischaemia (61.0±0.5V or raised [K+]o (56±3V. In summary, different metabolites are responsible for the reduction in DF and the increase in defibrillation energy during ischaemic VF.

  18. Development of standard defibrillation energy source%除颤能量标准源的研制

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    姚国红; 张亚冬; 李岩峰; 贾建革; 武文君; 邵海明

    2015-01-01

    To develop a standard defibrillation energy source which can output monophasic and biphasic de-fibrillation impulses and can display standard energy values. The storage capacitor was charged by single-end flyback transformator and discharged through the H bridge composed of insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). Impulse voltage and current were collected by divider while discharging, and the energy value was calculated by STM32. The en-ergy value and waveform were displayed through the control module. The energy source could output both monophsic and biphasic waveforms, and the accuracy of displayed value was higher than ±2% or ±1 J. The standard defibrillation energy source can be used as standard device for defibrillator analyzer, and the metrological trace-ability system of defibrillation energy may come to be completed.%目的:研制一种除颤能量标准源,该标准源能释放单相波、双相波2种除颤脉冲,并且能显示释放能量标准值。方法:利用单端反激励充电方式给储能电容充电,通过脉冲宽度调制(pulse width modulation,PWM)驱动由绝缘栅双极型晶体管(insulated gate bipolar transistor,IGBT)组成的H桥控制电容放电,同时通过分压器、分流器分别采集脉冲电压和电流值,并通过STM32微处理器计算除颤脉冲能量值,最后通过显示模块显示释放的脉冲能量准确值。结果:所研制的除颤能量标准源可释放单相波和双相波2种波形除颤脉冲,并且显示的除颤脉冲能量值精度优于±2%或±1 J。结论:该除颤能量标准源可作为除颤器分析仪溯源校准的标准器具,可完善除颤器释放能量准确度的溯源体系。

  19. Externalities of fuel cycles 'ExternE' project. Summary report

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    There is a growing requirement for policy analysts to take account of the environment in their decision making and to undertake the specified cost-benefit analysis. Within the European Union this is reflected in the 5th Environmental Action Programme, and the Commission's White Paper entitled 'Growth, competitiveness, employment and the ways forward to the 21st century'. This has led to a need for evaluation of environmental externalities. The ExternE Project commenced in 1991 as the European part of a collaborative study between the European Commission and the US Department of Energy. It aims to be the first systematic approach to the evaluation of external costs of a wide range of different fuel cycles. The project will result in an operational accounting framework for the quantification and monetarisation of priority environmental and other externalities. This framework will allow the calculation of the marginal external costs and benefits for specific power plants, at specific sites using specified technologies. There are three major phases in the project. Phase I was undertaken in collaboration with the US Department of Energy. In this phase the teams jointly developed the conceptual approach and methodology and shared scientific information for application to a number of fuel cycles. On the European side work concentrated on the nuclear and coal fuel cycles which together were expected to raise many of the fundamental issues in fuel cycle analysis. The project is currently nearing completion of Phase 2. During this phase the methodology has been applied to a wide range of different fossil, nuclear and renewable fuel cycles for power generation and energy conservation options. Also a series of National Implementation Programmes are underway in which the methodology and accounting framework are being applied to reference sites throughout Europe. In addition the general methodology is being extended to address the evaluation of externalities associated with

  20. ExternE: Externalities of energy Vol. 1. Summary

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    There is a growing requirement for policy analysts to take account of the environment in their decision making and to undertake the specified cost-benefit analysis. Within the European Union this is reflected in the 5th Environmental Action Programme, and the Commission's White Paper entitled 'Growth, competitiveness, employment and the ways forward to the 21st century'. This has led to a need for evaluation of environmental externalities. The ExternE Project commenced in 1991 as the European part of a collaborative study between the European Commission and the US Department of Energy. It aims to be the first systematic approach to the evaluation of external costs of a wide range of different fuel cycles. The project will result in an operational accounting framework for the quantification and monetarisation of priority environmental and other externalities. This framework will allow the calculation of the marginal external costs and benefits for specific power plants, at specific sites using specified technologies. There are three major phases in the project. Phase 1 was undertaken in collaboration with the US Department of Energy. In this phase the teams jointly developed the conceptual approach and methodology and shared scientific information for application to a number of fuel cycles. On the European side work concentrated on the nuclear and coal fuel cycles which together were expected to raise many of the fundamental issues in fuel cycle analysis. The project is currently nearing completion of Phase 2. During this phase the methodology has been applied to a wide range of different fossil, nuclear and renewable fuel cycles for power generation and energy conservation options. Also a series of National Implementation Programmes is underway in which the methodology and accounting framework are being applied to reference sites throughout Europe. In addition the general methodology is being extended to address the evaluation of externalities associated with

  1. Automated Weather Observing System

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    Department of Transportation — The Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) is a suite of sensors, which measure, collect, and disseminate weather data to help meteorologists, pilots, and flight...

  2. Laboratory Automation and Middleware.

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    Riben, Michael

    2015-06-01

    The practice of surgical pathology is under constant pressure to deliver the highest quality of service, reduce errors, increase throughput, and decrease turnaround time while at the same time dealing with an aging workforce, increasing financial constraints, and economic uncertainty. Although not able to implement total laboratory automation, great progress continues to be made in workstation automation in all areas of the pathology laboratory. This report highlights the benefits and challenges of pathology automation, reviews middleware and its use to facilitate automation, and reviews the progress so far in the anatomic pathology laboratory. PMID:26065792

  3. Automated cloning methods.; TOPICAL

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    Argonne has developed a series of automated protocols to generate bacterial expression clones by using a robotic system designed to be used in procedures associated with molecular biology. The system provides plate storage, temperature control from 4 to 37 C at various locations, and Biomek and Multimek pipetting stations. The automated system consists of a robot that transports sources from the active station on the automation system. Protocols for the automated generation of bacterial expression clones can be grouped into three categories (Figure 1). Fragment generation protocols are initiated on day one of the expression cloning procedure and encompass those protocols involved in generating purified coding region (PCR)

  4. External radiation surveillance

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    Antonio, E.J.

    1995-06-01

    This section of the 1994 Hanford Site Environmental Report describes how external radiation was measured, how surveys were performed, and the results of these measurements and surveys. External radiation exposure rates were measured at locations on and off the Hanford Site using thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). External radiation and contamination surveys were also performed with portable radiation survey instruments at locations on and around the Hanford Site.

  5. Pacemaker, implanted cardiac defibrillator and irradiation: Management proposal in 2010 depending on the type of cardiac stimulator and prognosis and location of cancer

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    Ionizing radiation may interfere with electric components of pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators. The type, severity and extent of radiation damage to pacemakers, have previously been shown to depend on the total dose and dose rate. Over 300,000 new cancer cases are treated yearly in France, among which 60% are irradiated in the course of their disease. One among 400 of these patients has an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator. The incidence of pacemaker and implanted cardioverter defibrillator increases in an ageing population. The oncologic prognosis must be weighted against the cardiologic prognosis in a multidisciplinary and transversal setting. Innovative irradiation techniques and technological sophistications of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (with the introduction of more radiosensitive complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors since 1970) have potentially changed the tolerance profiles. This review of the literature studied the geometric, dosimetric and radiobiological characteristics of the radiation beams for high energy photons, stereotactic irradiation, proton-therapy. Standardized protocols and radiotherapy optimization (particle, treatment fields, energy) are advisable in order to improve patient management during radiotherapy and prolonged monitoring is necessary following radiation therapy. The dose received at the pacemaker/heart should be calculated. The threshold for the cumulated dose to the pacemaker/implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (2 to 5 Gy depending on the brand), the necessity to remove/displace the device based on the dose-volume histogram on dosimetry, as well as the use of lead shielding and magnet are discussed. (authors)

  6. Longitudinal changes in intracardiac repolarization lability in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Abhilash eGuduru

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Background─While it is known that elevated baseline intracardiac repolarization lability is associated with the risk of fast ventricular tachycardia (FVT /ventricular fibrillation (VF, the effect of its longitudinal changes on the risk of FVT/VF is unknown. Methods and Results─Near-field (NF right ventricular (RV intracardiac electrograms (EGMs were recorded every 3-6 months at rest in 248 patients with structural heart disease (mean age 61.2±13.3; 185[75%] male; 162[65.3%] ischemic cardiomyopathy and implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D [201 (81% primary prevention]. Intracardiac beat-to-beat QT variability index (QTVINF was measured on NF RV EGM. During the first study phase (median 18 months, participants made on average 2.4 visits. Then remote follow-up was continued for an additional median period of 3 years. Average QTVINF did not change during the first year after ICD implantation (-0.342±0.603 at baseline vs. -0.262±0.552 at 6 months vs. -0.334±0.603 at 12 months; however, it decreased thereafter (-0.510±0.603 at 18 months; P=0.042. Adjusted population-averaged GEE model showed that the odds of developing FVT/VF increased by 75% for each 1 unit increase in QTVINF. (OR 1.75 [95%CI 1.05-2.92]; P=0.031. However, individual patient–specific QTVINF trends (increasing, decreasing, flat varied from patient to patient. For a given patient, the odds of developing FVT/VF were not associated with increasing or decreasing QTVINF over time (OR 1.27; [95%CI 0.05–30.10]; P = 0.881.Conclusion─While on average the odds of FVT/VF increased with an increase in QTVINF, patient-specific longitudinal trends in QTVINF did not affect the odds of FVT/VF.

  7. Review of externality valuation

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    Schleisner, Lotte

    1998-11-01

    This report covers the work done regarding assessment of externalities in the project `Investigation of Pricing Incentives in a Renewable Energy Strategy in Thailand`. The report gives a review of different valuation issues, which are used in different externality studies and focuses on why the numbers often are different for the same fuel cycles using different methodologies for assessment of the externalities. The review of externality valuation focuses in this report on the assessment of environmental externalities, and less attention is paid to the non-environmental externalities. The report points out different parameters, which are important to consider when externalities estimated for the same fuel cycle in different studies are compared. For instance some studies transfer dose-response functions and monetization values from other studies. It is in this case important to consider for each of the functions if it is possible to use functions from other studies, or if it is necessary to develop a function for a new region. An important parameter in estimating externalities based on earlier studies is the fact that some studies only include regional and local impacts and do not take the global impacts related to greenhouse gasses into account. Considerable uncertainty is related to the global externalities regarding time horizon for the greenhouse effect, choice of dose-response function and monetization values. Assumptions on famine and the monetization of human life may be the totally dominating factor estimating external costs. 7 studies have been chosen for further analysis and comparison in order to show the variation in external costs. The studies have been chosen in order to cover as well old, well-known studies as new, unknown, but interesting studies. Some of the new studies are based on results from earlier studies, while others implement new ideas concerning the methodology. (au) 21 refs.

  8. ExternE: Externalities of energy Vol. 5. Nuclear

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    Since the early 1970s, there has been increased interest in the environmental impacts that are caused by the generation of electricity. The comparative risk assessment studies at that time used mainly deaths and injuries as impact indicators. By the end of the 1980s studies changed to the assessment of the costs imposed on society and the environment that were not included in the market price of the energy produced, the so-called external costs. The preliminary studies that were published set the conceptual basis, grounded in neo-classical economics, for the valuation of the health and environmental impacts that could be assessed. As a consequence of the many questions raised by the methodologies employed by these early studies, Directorate General XII (DG XII) of the Commission of the European Communities established a collaborative research programme with the United States Department of Energy to identify an appropriate methodology for this type of work. Following the completion of this collaboration, the DG XII programme has continued as the ExternE project. The main objective of the work carried out at CEPN was to develop an impact pathway methodology for the nuclear fuel cycle that would be consistent with the methodologies developed for other fuel cycles, without loosing the nuclear-specific techniques required for a proper evaluation. In this way, comparisons between the different fuel cycles would be possible. This report presents the methodology and demonstration of the results in the context of the French nuclear fuel cycle. The United States team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has previously issued a draft report on the results of their assessment. The French fuel cycle was broken down into 8 separate stages. Reference sites and 1990s technology were chosen to represent the total nuclear fuel cycle, as it exists today. In addition, the transportation of material between the sites was considered. The facilities are assessed for routine operation, except

  9. Library Automation Style Guide.

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    This library automation style guide lists specific terms and names often used in the library automation industry. The terms and/or acronyms are listed alphabetically and each is followed by a brief definition. The guide refers to the "Chicago Manual of Style" for general rules, and a notes section is included for the convenience of individual…

  10. Automation in Warehouse Development

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    Hamberg, R.; Verriet, J.

    2012-01-01

    The warehouses of the future will come in a variety of forms, but with a few common ingredients. Firstly, human operational handling of items in warehouses is increasingly being replaced by automated item handling. Extended warehouse automation counteracts the scarcity of human operators and support

  11. Automate functional testing

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    Ramesh Kalindri

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Currently, software engineers are increasingly turning to the option of automating functional tests, but not always have successful in this endeavor. Reasons range from low planning until over cost in the process. Some principles that can guide teams in automating these tests are described in this article.

  12. The External Mind

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    The External Mind: an Introduction by Riccardo Fusaroli, Claudio Paolucci pp. 3-31 The sign of the Hand: Symbolic Practices and the Extended Mind by Massimiliano Cappuccio, Michael Wheeler pp. 33-55 The Overextended Mind by Shaun Gallagher pp. 57-68 The "External Mind": Semiotics, Pragmatism...

  13. Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)

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    ... Can I Help a Friend Who Cuts? Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis) KidsHealth > For Teens > Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis) Print A A A Text Size ... Ryan awoke with a sharp pain in his ear — it really hurt! He remembered having ear infections ...

  14. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator endocarditis caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae complicated by liver abscess and septic pulmonary embolism

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    Ilaria Izzo

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available A 63-year old diabetic male patient carrying an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD was hospitalized with a 7- day history of fever, notwithstanding an antibiotic therapy. The white-blood cell count was 11,000/mm3, the platelet count was 135,000/mm3 and C-reactive protein (CRP 13 mg/dL. Chest X-rays showed right infiltrates. Ceftriaxone was started. Defervescence was rapid, but CRP was still 12 mg/dL after 6 days. A trans-thoracic ecochacardiogram (TTE incidentally showed a liver hypoechoic lesion. A computed tomography scan revealed bilateral cavitated lung nodules and a large liver abscess. Klebsiella pneumoniae was isolated in blood cultures and TTE showed ICD endocarditis and a patent foramen ovalis. Levofloxacin and imipenem/cilastatin were started. The liver abscess was drained. After 30 days, the ICD was removed and re-implanted. At discharge, blood tests were within the normal range and the patient was asymptomatic. Follow up showed improvement of lung and hepatic lesions. To our knowledge, this is the second reported case of K. pneumoniae infective endocarditis with multiple septic emboli. Endocarditis should be suspected in presence of fever after the device implantation, in particular if risk factors are present.

  15. Radiation therapy in patients with cardiac pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Interdisciplinary safety recommendations

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    Background: With increasing numbers of implanted pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and a rising incidence of malignant tumors, there is a growing probability of radiation-mediated device dysfunction. The only guidelines for the management of patients with cardiac pacemakers in the case of radiation therapy were published in 1994 and have not been updated since then. Based on the current evidence and modern device technology, the present paper aims to develop contemporary and interdisciplinary safety recommendations for the minimization of patient risk. Methods and results: A systematic literature research was carried out including the most relevant medical electronic databases. The search yielded 147 articles published between 1994 and 2012 of which 45 met the selection criteria and of these studies 34 presented primary data (9 in vitro and 25 in vivo studies). The impact of ionizing radiation varied significantly between implanted devices and ranged from no functional changes to complete loss of function. Important device dysfunctions included changes in sensing capability, altered pacing pulses or rate, changed or disabled tachyarrhythmia ICD therapies, early battery depletion and loss of telemetry. Modern pacemakers and ICDs are more sensitive to radiation than older models. Potentially life-threatening complications were observed after exposure of the pulse generator to comparatively low radiation doses (0.11 Gy). Conclusions: Practical recommendations for patient management and safety are presented that can be readily adopted by any institution carrying out radiation therapy. (orig.)

  16. Sleep, Psychosocial Functioning, and Device-Specific Adjustment in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs).

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    McCrae, Christina S; Roth, Alicia J; Ford, Jessica; Crew, Earl C; Conti, Jamie B; Berry, Richard B; Sears, Samuel F

    2016-01-01

    Rates of sleep disorders and associated adjustment were examined in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs; n = 42; Mage = 61.57, SD = 12.60). One night of ambulatory polysomnography, 14 days of sleep diaries, and questionnaires (mood, sleepiness, fatigue, device acceptance) were administered. Controlling for ischemia, MANCOVA examined adjustment by sleep diagnosis. Apnea was most common (28.6%), followed by Insomnia (16.7%) and Comorbid Insomnia/Apnea (11.9%). Patients with insomnia reported poorer mood, greater sleepiness, and lower device acceptance than good sleepers; they also demonstrated poorer mood and less ICD device acceptance than patients with sleep apnea. Patients with comorbid insomnia/apnea also exhibited poorer mood and less ICD device acceptance than good sleepers; however, comorbid patients did not significantly differ from insomnia or apnea patients on any measure. Those with disordered sleep (regardless of type) reported greater fatigue than good sleepers. Assessment (and treatment) of difficulties with sleep, mood, fatigue, and device acceptance may be important for the comprehensive clinical management of ICD patients. Further research appears warranted. PMID:25174823

  17. A trial design for evaluation of empiric programming of implantable cardioverter defibrillators to improve patient management

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    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The delivery of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD therapy is sophisticated and requires the programming of over 100 settings. Physicians tailor these settings with the intention of optimizing ICD therapeutic efficacy, but the usefulness of this approach has not been studied and is unknown. Empiric programming of settings such as anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP has been demonstrated to be effective, but an empiric approach to programming all VT/VF detection and therapy settings has not been studied. A single standardized empiric programming regimen was developed based on key strategies with the intention of restricting shock delivery to circumstances when it is the only effective and appropriate therapy. The EMPIRIC trial is a worldwide, multi-center, prospective, one-to-one randomized comparison of empiric to physician tailored programming for VT/VF detection and therapy in a broad group of about 900 dual chamber ICD patients. The trial will provide a better understanding of how particular programming strategies impact the quantity of shocks delivered and facilitate optimization of complex ICD programming.

  18. Arrhythmia Management in the Elderly-Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillators and Prevention of Sudden Death.

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    Manian, Usha; Gula, Lorne J

    2016-09-01

    We present an overview of arrhythmia management in elderly patients as it pertains to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy and prevention of sudden death. Treatment of arrhythmia in elderly patients is fraught with challenges pertaining to goals of care and patient frailty. With an ever increasing amount of technology available, realistic expectations of therapy need to balance quality and quantity of life. The ICD is an important treatment option for selected patients at risk of ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. However, the incidence of sudden death as a percentage of all-cause mortality decreases with age. Studies have reported that 20% of elderly patients might die within 1 year of an episode of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia, but most because of nonarrhythmic causes. This illustrates the 'sudden cardiac death paradox,' with a great proportion of death in elderly patients, even those at risk for ventricular arrhythmias, attributable to medical conditions that cannot be addressed by an ICD. We discuss current practices in ICD therapy in elderly patients, existing evidence from registries and clinical trials, approaches to risk stratification, and important ethical considerations. Although the decision on whether ICD insertion is appropriate in the elderly population remains an area of uncertainty from an evidence-based and ethical perspective, we offer insight on potential clinical and research strategies for this growing population. PMID:27568872

  19. Lithium-manganese dioxide cells for implantable defibrillator devices-Discharge voltage models

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    Root, Michael J.

    The discharge potential behavior of lithium-manganese dioxide cells designed for implantable cardiac defibrillators was characterized as a function of extent of cell depletion for tests designed to discharge the cells for times between 1 and 7 years. The discharge potential curves may be separated into two segments from 0 ≤ x ≤ ∼0.51 and ∼0.51 ≤ x ≤ 1.00, where x is the dimensionless extent of discharge referenced to the rated cell capacity. The discharge potentials conform to Tafel kinetics in each segment. This behavior allows the discharge potential curves to be predicted for an arbitrary discharge load and long term discharge performance may be predicted from short term test results. The discharge potentials may subsequently be modeled by fitting the discharge curves to empirical functions like polynomials and Padé approximants. A function based on the Nernst equation that includes a term accounting for nonideal interactions between lithium ions and the cathode host material, such as the Redlich-Kister relationship, also may be used to predict discharge behavior.

  20. Lithium-manganese dioxide cells for implantable defibrillator devices - Discharge voltage models

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    Root, Michael J. [Cardiac Rhythm Management Research and Development, Boston Scientific Corp., 4100 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55112 (United States)

    2010-08-01

    The discharge potential behavior of lithium-manganese dioxide cells designed for implantable cardiac defibrillators was characterized as a function of extent of cell depletion for tests designed to discharge the cells for times between 1 and 7 years. The discharge potential curves may be separated into two segments from 0 {<=} x {<=} {proportional_to}0.51 and {proportional_to}0.51 {<=} x {<=} 1.00, where x is the dimensionless extent of discharge referenced to the rated cell capacity. The discharge potentials conform to Tafel kinetics in each segment. This behavior allows the discharge potential curves to be predicted for an arbitrary discharge load and long term discharge performance may be predicted from short term test results. The discharge potentials may subsequently be modeled by fitting the discharge curves to empirical functions like polynomials and Pade approximants. A function based on the Nernst equation that includes a term accounting for nonideal interactions between lithium ions and the cathode host material, such as the Redlich-Kister relationship, also may be used to predict discharge behavior. (author)

  1. Is an atrial defibrillator still an option in treating patients with atrial fibrillation?

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    Ziad El Khoury MD

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available trial fibrillation (AF is a common disorder associated with significant morbidities and presents several challenges for the control of symptoms and prevention of long-term implications. Atrial defibrillators (ADs, used for rhythm control in patients with symptoms refractory to medical therapy, can detect recurrences of the arrhythmia, allow prompt patient-directed treatment, and have the potential to reduce hospitalizations and improve quality of life. The efficacy of this form of therapy is highest in patients with paroxysmal AF, and with the use of a coronary sinus shocking lead. While R-wave synchronized shocks are a prerequisite for a safe use, the procedure is well-tolerated and usually not associated with long-term psychological side effects. Limitations of ADs include acute and chronic complications related to a cardiac rhythm device implantation, the requirement in some cases for more than one shock to terminate AF, the discomfort from shocks, as well as the need for sedation to alleviate pain from the shocks. With the ever expanding role of catheter-based therapies for AF, it seems that the role of ADs in this regard is rather limited.

  2. Bipolar Radiofrequency Neurotomy to Treat Neck and Back Pain in Patients with Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.

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    Bautista, Alexander; Dadabayev, Alisher; Rosenquist, Ellen; Cheng, Jianguo

    2016-03-01

    We report 2 cases of successful treatment of neck and back pain with bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the cervical and lumbar facet joints in patients with an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD).Two patients with complex cardiac histories and AICD devices were treated with bipolar RFA of the facet joints. One presented with axial neck pain and the other with axial back pain. The histories and physical examinations were consistent with facetogenic pain. Diagnostic medial branch block resulted in more than 70% pain relief lasting for several days, allowing patients to perform routine daily activities without significant pain. However, we were concerned about the use of conventional RFA of the medial branches of nerves for the fear of interference with the function of AICD by the RF currents and energy. We took advantage of the localized and limited current of bipolar RFA to perform this procedure for the cervical or lumbar facet joints avoiding any interference with the function of AICD. The procedures provided long-term pain relief to the patients, and marked improvement in their functional status without any evident complications related to the function of their AICD.This case report describes the safe and successful completion of bipolar RFA of the medial branch nerves to treat cervical and lumbar facetogenic pain in patients with AICD. This modality of treatment may be considered in patients with AICD. We are finding it to be increasingly common that patients who present with chronic neck and back pain have AICDs in place. PMID:27008309

  3. Remote monitoring of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Problems and implications using a telemonitoring system.

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    Siebermair, J; Clauss, S; Martens, E; Schuessler, F; Oversohl, N; Haserueck, N; Estner, H L; Kääb, S; Wakili, R

    2015-04-01

    The rising number of implantable devices has led to an increase in device-related workload, e.g., regular interrogation follow-up visits. Telemonitoring systems for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) seem to be a promising tool for reducing workload and costs, and they have the potential of optimizing patient care. However, issues such as practical functionality of ICD telemonitoring in daily routine may affect its broad implementation. The objective of this study was to evaluate potential problems during the implementation of a telemonitoring system, Medtronic CareLink™ (CL™) with respect to the installation and data transmission process. A total of 159 patients with ICDs who were equipped with the CL™ system were evaluated and followed up for 16 months regarding the success rate of the first data transmission via the telemonitoring system. In this cohort, a high rate of nontransmission of 23.9 % was observed after the 16-month follow-up. A detailed interview of these patients (no transmission) revealed that the main reasons for failed transmissions were due to the patients' loss of interest in the concept (approximately 50 %) as well as technical problems (approximately 25 %) with setting up the system. These results indicate that telemonitoring systems bear potential problems and that the evaluation of patient motivation and technical support options seems to play an important role in establishing the functionality of these systems. PMID:24848864

  4. Radiotherapy in patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a literature review.

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    Zaremba, Tomas; Jakobsen, Annette Ross; Søgaard, Mette; Thøgersen, Anna Margrethe; Riahi, Sam

    2016-04-01

    An increasing number of patients with implantable cardiac rhythm devices undergo radiotherapy (RT) for cancer and are thereby exposed to the risk of device failure. Current safety recommendations seem to have limitations by not accounting for the risk of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators malfunctioning at low radiation doses. Besides scant knowledge about optimal safety measures, only little is known about the exact prevalence of patients with devices undergoing RT. In this review, we provide a short overview of the principles of RT and present the current evidence on the predictors and mechanisms of device malfunctions during RT. We also summarize practical recommendations from recent publications and from the industry. Strongly associated with beam energy of photon RT, device malfunctions occur at ∼3% of RT courses, posing a substantial issue in clinical practice. Malfunctions described in the literature typically consist of transient software disturbances and only seldom manifest as a permanent damage of the device. Through close cooperation between cardiologists and oncologists, a tailored individualized approach might be necessary in this patient group in waiting time for updated international guidelines in the field. PMID:26041870

  5. Defibrillator-Induced Tricuspid Abscess Presenting as Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Wound Ulceration.

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    Khan, Rafay; Arshed, Sabrina; Ahmed, Amar; Sen, Shuvendu; Yousif, Abdalla

    2016-01-01

    Right-sided endocarditis is predominantly seen in patients with a history of intravenous drug abuse. However, it is well shown in the literature to be associated with patients containing foreign bodies such as pacemakers, central venous lines, and in those with congenital heart disease. In patients with pacemaker leads and in those with automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICDs), it is important to suspect foreign body infection when there are signs and indications of bacteremia. When these leads become infected, they can spread the infection to the tricuspid valve resulting in vegetations. The proper management is removal of the infected lead and foreign body along with a prolonged course of antibiotics. However, it is unusual and a relatively rare entity to see foreign body infection resulting from a wound ulcer resulting in not only endocarditis but also abscess formation on the tricuspid valve. Here we report a case of a 60-year-old male with recent AICD placement presenting as diabetic ketoacidosis due to tricuspid abscess formation as a result of a foot ulcer. PMID:26668682

  6. The implantable defibrillator and antiarrhythmic drugs--competitive and complementary treatment for severe ventricular arrhythmia.

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    Dorian, P; Newman, D

    1993-11-01

    Most patients with a history of sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) are at high risk of recurrence. Implanted defibrillators (ICDs) are highly effective in sensing and converting VT or VF to a perfusing rhythm. "Conventional" antiarrhythmic agents, which primarily block cardiac sodium channels, are relatively ineffective in preventing arrhythmia recurrence; amiodarone and sotalol appear to be effective in reducing recurrence and mortality rates, although the extent of benefit is not well understood. Despite the apparent advantage of ICDs, they have short- and long-term complications, are costly, and their benefit in prolonging the quantity or quality of life remains unproven. Randomized clinical trials which compare the effect of ICDs with that of antiarrhythmic drugs on mortality, cost, and quality of life will be necessary to understand how patients with malignant arrhythmias ought to be treated. If an ICD is implanted, adjunctive therapies need to be considered to treat the underlying heart disease and to derive optimum benefit from the device. Drugs may have beneficial or adverse interactions with devices, and the full understanding of these interactions requires further study. PMID:8269662

  7. Automation in Immunohematology

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    Meenu Bajpai

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available There have been rapid technological advances in blood banking in South Asian region over the past decade with an increasing emphasis on quality and safety of blood products. The conventional test tube technique has given way to newer techniques such as column agglutination technique, solid phase red cell adherence assay, and erythrocyte-magnetized technique. These new technologies are adaptable to automation and major manufacturers in this field have come up with semi and fully automated equipments for immunohematology tests in the blood bank. Automation improves the objectivity and reproducibility of tests. It reduces human errors in patient identification and transcription errors. Documentation and traceability of tests, reagents and processes and archiving of results is another major advantage of automation. Shifting from manual methods to automation is a major undertaking for any transfusion service to provide quality patient care with lesser turnaround time for their ever increasing workload. This article discusses the various issues involved in the process.

  8. Automated model building

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    Caferra, Ricardo; Peltier, Nicholas

    2004-01-01

    This is the first book on automated model building, a discipline of automated deduction that is of growing importance Although models and their construction are important per se, automated model building has appeared as a natural enrichment of automated deduction, especially in the attempt to capture the human way of reasoning The book provides an historical overview of the field of automated deduction, and presents the foundations of different existing approaches to model construction, in particular those developed by the authors Finite and infinite model building techniques are presented The main emphasis is on calculi-based methods, and relevant practical results are provided The book is of interest to researchers and graduate students in computer science, computational logic and artificial intelligence It can also be used as a textbook in advanced undergraduate courses

  9. Automation in Warehouse Development

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    Verriet, Jacques

    2012-01-01

    The warehouses of the future will come in a variety of forms, but with a few common ingredients. Firstly, human operational handling of items in warehouses is increasingly being replaced by automated item handling. Extended warehouse automation counteracts the scarcity of human operators and supports the quality of picking processes. Secondly, the development of models to simulate and analyse warehouse designs and their components facilitates the challenging task of developing warehouses that take into account each customer’s individual requirements and logistic processes. Automation in Warehouse Development addresses both types of automation from the innovative perspective of applied science. In particular, it describes the outcomes of the Falcon project, a joint endeavour by a consortium of industrial and academic partners. The results include a model-based approach to automate warehouse control design, analysis models for warehouse design, concepts for robotic item handling and computer vision, and auton...

  10. Advances in inspection automation

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    Weber, Walter H.; Mair, H. Douglas; Jansen, Dion; Lombardi, Luciano

    2013-01-01

    This new session at QNDE reflects the growing interest in inspection automation. Our paper describes a newly developed platform that makes the complex NDE automation possible without the need for software programmers. Inspection tasks that are tedious, error-prone or impossible for humans to perform can now be automated using a form of drag and drop visual scripting. Our work attempts to rectify the problem that NDE is not keeping pace with the rest of factory automation. Outside of NDE, robots routinely and autonomously machine parts, assemble components, weld structures and report progress to corporate databases. By contrast, components arriving in the NDT department typically require manual part handling, calibrations and analysis. The automation examples in this paper cover the development of robotic thickness gauging and the use of adaptive contour following on the NRU reactor inspection at Chalk River.

  11. 心脏除颤器质量检定方法的分析研究%Analysis on cardiac defibrillators quality detection method

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    苏燕平; 姚念玲; 崔骊

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To use defibrillators calibration detection method, some problems could be find out and analyzed. Moreover, the quality safety of defibrillators calibration can be guaranteed. Methods:According to WSB 64-2003 verification regulation for cardiac defibrillators and cardiac defibrillator-Monitors, and the practical experience of effective detection methods, defibrillation analyzer verification can be used to detect the performance parameters of cardiac defibrillators. Results:In accordance with the effective test method, through regular check, not only can cardiac defibrillators risk be eliminated but also quality safety of clinical use and the life safety of patients will be safeguarded. Conclusion:The quality control can prevent medical accidents that caused by facility loses, at the same time, if we are pay attention to the daily maintenance, the defibrillator can be played a role in emergency time.%目的:按照国家计量检定规程,对临床使用中的除颤器进行质量检定,确保其在实际使用中的安全性。方法:依据国家卫生行业标准WSB64-2003“心脏除颤器和心脏除颤监护仪检定规程”,根据实际经验中有效的检定方法,使用除颤分析仪检定除颤器的各项性能参数。结果:按照有效的检定方法,通过定期检定,消除了除颤器的安全隐患,保障患者的生命安全。结论:对除颤器进行质量控制检定,可以预防因设备失准而引起的医疗事故,同时注意日常的维护和保养,确保除颤器在急救时的良好性能及临床使用的安全性。

  12. Using a Combined Platform of Swarm Intelligence Algorithms and GIS to Provide Land Suitability Maps for Locating Cardiac Rehabilitation Defibrillators

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    Neda KAFFASH-CHARANDABI

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart is completely stopped and is not pumping any blood. Although most cardiac arrest cases are reported from homes or hospitals, about 20% occur in public areas. Therefore, these areas need to be investigated in terms of cardiac arrest incidence so that places of high incidence can be identi-fied and cardiac rehabilitation defibrillators installed there.Methods: In order to investigate a study area in Petersburg, Pennsylvania State, and to determine appropriate places for installing defibrillators with 5-year period data, swarm intelligence algorithms were used. Moreover, the location of the defibrillators was determined based on the following five evaluation criteria: land use, altitude of the area, econom-ic conditions, distance from hospitals and approximate areas of reported cases of cardiac arrest for public places that were created in geospatial information system (GIS.Results: The A-P HADEL algorithm results were more precise about 27.36%. The validation results indicated a wider coverage of real values and the verification results confirmed the faster and more exact optimization of the cost func-tion in the PSO method.Conclusion: The study findings emphasize the necessity of applying optimal optimization methods along with GIS and precise selection of criteria in the selection of optimal locations for installing medical facilities because the selected algorithm and criteria dramatically affect the final responses. Meanwhile, providing land suitability maps for installing facilities across hot and risky spots has the potential to save many lives.

  13. Improvement of Test Automation

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    The purpose for this study was to find out how to ensure that the automated testing of MME in the Network Verification will continue smooth and reliable while using the in-house developed test automation framework. The goal of this thesis was to reveal the reasons of the currently challenging situation and to find the key elements to be improved in the MME testing carried by the test automation. Also a reason for the study was to get solutions as to how to change the current procedures and wa...

  14. Chef infrastructure automation cookbook

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    Marschall, Matthias

    2013-01-01

    Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook contains practical recipes on everything you will need to automate your infrastructure using Chef. The book is packed with illustrated code examples to automate your server and cloud infrastructure.The book first shows you the simplest way to achieve a certain task. Then it explains every step in detail, so that you can build your knowledge about how things work. Eventually, the book shows you additional things to consider for each approach. That way, you can learn step-by-step and build profound knowledge on how to go about your configuration management

  15. Constitutively Active Acetylcholine-Dependent Potassium Current Increases Atrial Defibrillation Threshold by Favoring Post-Shock Re-Initiation

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    Bingen, Brian O.; Saïd F. A. Askar; Zeinab Neshati; Iolanda Feola; Panfilov, Alexander V.; de Vries, Antoine A F; Pijnappels, Daniël A.

    2015-01-01

    Electrical cardioversion (ECV), a mainstay in atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment, is unsuccessful in up to 10-20% of patients. An important aspect of the remodeling process caused by AF is the constitutive activition of the atrium-specific acetylcholine-dependent potassium current (I-K,I-ACh -> I-K,I-ACh-c), which is associated with ECV failure. This study investigated the role of I-K,I-ACh-c in ECV failure and setting the atrial defibrillation threshold (aDFT) in optically mapped neonatal ra...

  16. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT in a Patient with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD and Posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD.

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    Sahar Ansari

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD has currently become the standard treatment for preventing sudden cardiac death. There are some psychological consequences in patients with ICD such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD after the shocks induced by ICD. This report aimed to present the case of a 54-year-old man with ICD who had developed PTSD; his PTSD was treated, using cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy consisting of relaxation, mindfulness and problem solving techniques. In patients with ICD who are experiencing PTSD using cognitive behavioral interventions may be helpful to reduce their psychological sufferings.

  17. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... for prostate cancer. They really boil down to two different types. There's what we call external beam ... and lay on the table. Count like, "One, two, three," up to 15. So, just about that ...

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    Full Text Available ... completely contained in the prostate or when the patient is older the treatment that is frequently used ... external beam the treatment comes from outside the patient, whereas with the interstitial seed treatment the radioactive ...

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  1. Evaluating External Communication.

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    DeSantis, James R.

    1978-01-01

    Effective external communication by higher education institutions is described as an ongoing program, based on objective research, continuous informal feedback, and informed anticipation of changes in the environment that will force changes in the institution. (JMF)

  2. Initial external events: floods

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    The initial external event, specifically flood in a Nuclear power plant, and the calculation necessary to determine the contribution of this type of event in a Probabilistic Safety Analysis, are presented. (M.I.)

  3. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... prostate or when the patient is older the treatment that is frequently used is radiation therapy. Gunnar ... different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray machine, ...

  4. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... given from an x-ray machine, and there's a variety called interstitial implantation, which uses radioactive seeds. ... common form of radiation therapy is external beam. A typical treatment takes seven weeks. Gunnar Zagars, M. ...

  5. External Otitis (Swimmer's Ear)

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    ... small area, as when pus accumulates in a boil (furuncle) or pimple. Malignant external otitis is a ... Aspergillus niger or Candida albicans, is less common. Boils are usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus . Certain people, ...

  6. 置入型心律转复除颤器52例术中除颤阈值的测定及术后随访%Safety and efficacy of intraoperative defibrillation threshold measured by defibrillation safety margin n 52 patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    张宇; 袁宽道; 汤宝鹏; 马依彤; 张燕一; 王疆; 李晋新; 张疆华; 许国军

    2010-01-01

    Objective To observe the safety and efficacy of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) intraoperative defibrillation threshold (DFT) measured by defibrillation safety margin (DSM).Methods Fifty-two patients underwent ICD implantation were enrolled in this study (25 single chamber ICD, 23 double chamber ICD, 4 three chamber ICD). DFT was measured by DSM method. All patients were followuped regularly. Results DFT was ( 13.27 ± 2. 95 ) J and DSM was ( 17. 40 ± 2. 89 ) J in this patient cohort. There were no serious intraoperative complications. Malignant ventricular arrhythmia occurred in 38 patients post ICD, 469 episodes of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) were spontaneously terminated, 265 episodes were sustained VT and 245 (92. 5% ) episodes were successfully terminated by 1 antitachycardia pace treatment (ATP), 13(4. 89% ) episodes successfully terminated by 2 ATP, and ATP failed to terminate VT in 7 (2. 64% ) episodes and VTs were terminated by low energy cardioversion. All 141 episodes of ventricular fibrillation (VF) were successfully identified, and 14 episodes spontaneously terminated before discharging, 127 VF episodes (91.34%) were terminated by 1 energy shock,defibrillation energy was ( 12. 84 ±3. 18)J, 11 ( 12.2% ) VF episodes were terminated by 2 energy shocks,defibrillation energy was ( 16. 36 ± 2. 34)J. Conclusion It is safe and feasible to use defibrillation threshold measured by DSM for patients receiving ICD implantation.%目的 探讨置入型心律转复除颤器(ICD)置入术中除颤阈值(DFT)的测定方法并观察术后随访结果.方法 52例置入ICD患者,其中单腔ICD 25例(48.08%),双腔ICD 23例(44.23%),三腔ICD 4例(7.69%).置入术中用测定除颤安全范围(DSM)方法进行DFT测定,并对患者进行定期随访.结果 52例ICD置入术中,测得DFT为(13.27±2.95)J,DSM为(17.40±2.89)J,手术中无严重并发症发生.52例中,38例出现恶性室性心律失常,其中469次为非持续性(可自行终

  7. External and internal audit

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    Froňková, Hana

    2011-01-01

    Dissertation includes problems of internal and external audit. The goal of this work is on the basis teoretical knowledge and information got from experience, to do internal and external audit of fulfilment by drawings of financial subvence. The result of both made audits is final report.Work is composed from three parts, first part- theoretical-describes progress of internal audit, its essence and definitions, regulation frame, which characteristics ought to fulfil an internal auditor, then ...

  8. Automated Vehicles Symposium 2014

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    Beiker, Sven; Road Vehicle Automation 2

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    This paper collection is the second volume of the LNMOB series on Road Vehicle Automation. The book contains a comprehensive review of current technical, socio-economic, and legal perspectives written by experts coming from public authorities, companies and universities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. It originates from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2014, which was jointly organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Burlingame, CA, in July 2014. The contributions discuss the challenges arising from the integration of highly automated and self-driving vehicles into the transportation system, with a focus on human factors and different deployment scenarios. This book is an indispensable source of information for academic researchers, industrial engineers, and policy makers interested in the topic of road vehicle automation.

  9. I-94 Automation FAQs

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    Department of Homeland Security — In order to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admissions process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has automated Form I-94 at air and...

  10. Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015

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    Beiker, Sven

    2016-01-01

    This edited book comprises papers about the impacts, benefits and challenges of connected and automated cars. It is the third volume of the LNMOB series dealing with Road Vehicle Automation. The book comprises contributions from researchers, industry practitioners and policy makers, covering perspectives from the U.S., Europe and Japan. It is based on the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015 which was jointly organized by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in July 2015. The topical spectrum includes, but is not limited to, public sector activities, human factors, ethical and business aspects, energy and technological perspectives, vehicle systems and transportation infrastructure. This book is an indispensable source of information for academic researchers, industrial engineers and policy makers interested in the topic of road vehicle automation.

  11. Hydrometeorological Automated Data System

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Office of Hydrologic Development of the National Weather Service operates HADS, the Hydrometeorological Automated Data System. This data set contains the last...

  12. An automated Certification Authority

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    Shamardin, L V

    2002-01-01

    This note describe an approach to building an automated Certification Authority. It is compatible with basic requirements of RFC2527. It also supports Registration Authorities and Globus Toolkit grid-cert-renew automatic certificate renewal.

  13. Disassembly automation automated systems with cognitive abilities

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    Vongbunyong, Supachai

    2015-01-01

    This book presents a number of aspects to be considered in the development of disassembly automation, including the mechanical system, vision system and intelligent planner. The implementation of cognitive robotics increases the flexibility and degree of autonomy of the disassembly system. Disassembly, as a step in the treatment of end-of-life products, can allow the recovery of embodied value left within disposed products, as well as the appropriate separation of potentially-hazardous components. In the end-of-life treatment industry, disassembly has largely been limited to manual labor, which is expensive in developed countries. Automation is one possible solution for economic feasibility. The target audience primarily comprises researchers and experts in the field, but the book may also be beneficial for graduate students.

  14. External trade development in 2010

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    2011-01-01

    Analysis of the external trade development of the CR in total (turnover, export, import, trade balance). Main factors, which influence the external trade development. Territorial structure (by main blocks and selected countries) and commodity structure (by SITC, rev. 4) of the external trade. Comparisons of the CR external trade development with the external trade development of the other member states of the EU.

  15. Automated security management

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    Al-Shaer, Ehab; Xie, Geoffrey

    2013-01-01

    In this contributed volume, leading international researchers explore configuration modeling and checking, vulnerability and risk assessment, configuration analysis, and diagnostics and discovery. The authors equip readers to understand automated security management systems and techniques that increase overall network assurability and usability. These constantly changing networks defend against cyber attacks by integrating hundreds of security devices such as firewalls, IPSec gateways, IDS/IPS, authentication servers, authorization/RBAC servers, and crypto systems. Automated Security Managemen

  16. Automating Supplier Selection Procedures

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    Davidrajuh, Reggie

    2001-01-01

    This dissertation describes a methodology, tools, and implementation techniques of automating supplier selection procedures of a small and medium-sized agile virtual enterprise. Firstly, a modeling approach is devised that can be used to model the supplier selection procedures of an enterprise. This modeling approach divides the supplier selection procedures broadly into three stages, the pre-selection, selection, and post-selection stages. Secondly, a methodology is presented for automating ...

  17. Taiwan Automated Telescope Network

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    Shuhrat Ehgamberdiev; Alexander Serebryanskiy; Antonio Jimenez; Li-Han Wang; Ming-Tsung Sun; Javier Fernandez Fernandez; Dean-Yi Chou

    2010-01-01

    A global network of small automated telescopes, the Taiwan Automated Telescope (TAT) network, dedicated to photometric measurements of stellar pulsations, is under construction. Two telescopes have been installed in Teide Observatory, Tenerife, Spain and Maidanak Observatory, Uzbekistan. The third telescope will be installed at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, USA. Each system uses a 9-cm Maksutov-type telescope. The effective focal length is 225 cm, corresponding to an f-ratio of 25. The field...

  18. Automated Lattice Perturbation Theory

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    Monahan, Christopher

    2014-11-01

    I review recent developments in automated lattice perturbation theory. Starting with an overview of lattice perturbation theory, I focus on the three automation packages currently "on the market": HiPPy/HPsrc, Pastor and PhySyCAl. I highlight some recent applications of these methods, particularly in B physics. In the final section I briefly discuss the related, but distinct, approach of numerical stochastic perturbation theory.

  19. Automated functional software testing

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    Jelnikar, Kristina

    2009-01-01

    The following work describes an approach to software test automation of functional testing. In the introductory part we are introducing what testing problems development companies are facing. The second chapter describes some testing methods, what role does testing have in software development, some approaches to software development and the meaning of testing environment. Chapter 3 is all about test automation. After a brief historical presentation, we are demonstrating through s...

  20. Instant Sikuli test automation

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    Lau, Ben

    2013-01-01

    Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. A concise guide written in an easy-to follow style using the Starter guide approach.This book is aimed at automation and testing professionals who want to use Sikuli to automate GUI. Some Python programming experience is assumed.

  1. 12. Physicians’ knowledge and attitudes in Saudi Arabia regarding implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy

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    A. Aljasser

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Information is limited regarding the knowledge and attitudes of physicians in Saudi Arabia involved in the referral of patients for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD and cardiac resynchronization and defibrillation therapy (CRT-D devices implantation. As such knowledge is the key to provide the patient with an important treatment, we aimed for its assessment. We conducted personal interviews with physicians involved in treating patients with heart failure. We included all hospitals in Riyadh region that has no cardiac electrophysiology service. Every participant was met in person and received an oral questionnaire that aims to assess basic knowledge about ICD and CRT.63 physicians were met from 13 hospitals (14 consultants and 49 specialist. 41% of participants use ⩽35% as the LVEF criterion for ICD referral in patients with cardiomyopathy. 30% of participants use ⩽35% as the LVEF criterion for CRT referral. 24% of participants were not aware about CRT as a therapy for patients with heart failure. 50% of the consultants use ⩽35% for ICD and CRT referral. 70% of the participants think that ICD may improve heart failure symptoms. 45% of participants who were about CRT do not think that CRT-D may prevent sudden death due to arrhythmia.There is a lack of knowledge with current clinical guidelines regarding ICD and CRT implantation. This finding highlights the need to improve the dissemination of guidelines to practitioners involved in managing patients with heart failure in an effort to improve ICD and CRT utilization.

  2. A new transvenous internal cardioverter-defibrillator: implantation technique, complications, and short-term follow-up.

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    Jordaens, L; Vertongen, P; Provenier, F; Trouerbach, J W; Poelaert, J; Herregods, L

    1995-02-01

    Twenty-four patients with ventricular fibrillation or sustained ventricular tachycardia underwent implantation of a new transvenous defibrillator. All patients had a device implanted without thoracotomy. High placement of a shock lead in the anonymous vein and inversion of the shock-wave polarity allowed avoidance of placement of subcutaneous patches. Implantation time decreased from 138 minutes for the first 12 patients to 82 minutes for the last 12 patients, with 4 and 11 subpectoral pockets, respectively. Three patients required a minor reintervention. No bleeding or infection occurred. One episode of pulmonary edema and one pulmonary embolism were seen in the postoperative course. No postoperative deaths were observed. During a mean follow-up period of 4.12 months, 58% of the 24 patients had symptomatic arrhythmic episodes, with shocks in 50% of the 24. Inappropriate shocks were delivered in three cases (atrial fibrillation and T-wave sensing). One episode was not terminated even with four internal shocks. One patient had ventricular fibrillation because of a sensing problem. By reprogramming of sensitivity, back-up pacing, and adjustment of drug therapy these arrhythmic complications could be prevented. Pectoral implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator is easy and can be performed by cardiologists experienced in pacemaker implantation. Careful postoperative observation, reprogramming after the first spontaneous event, and prehospital discharge induction of ventricular fibrillation will prevent arrhythmic complications. PMID:7832096

  3. Comorbidity burden is associated with poor psychological well-being and physical health status in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Hoogwegt, Madelein T; Kupper, Nina; Jordaens, Luc;

    2013-01-01

    Comorbidity burden has been linked to survival in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), but no study has examined the influence on psychological well-being and health status. We examined the relationship between comorbidity burden and anxiety, depression, and health status...

  4. The distressed (Type D) personality in both patients and partners enhances the risk of emotional distress in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    van den Broek, Krista C; Versteeg, Henneke; Erdman, Ruud A M;

    2011-01-01

    A subgroup of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) experiences emotional distress. This may be related to partner factors. We examined the impact of the personality of the partner (i.e., the distressed (Type D) personality) in combination with that of the patient on anxiety...

  5. Cost-effectiveness of implantable defibrillator as first-choice therapy versus electrophysiologically guided, tiered strategy in postinfarct sudden death survivors - A randomized study

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    Hauer, RNW; Schrijvers, G; vanCapelle, FJL; Tijssen, JGP; Crijns, HJGM; Algra, A; Ramanna, H; Bakker, PFA; deMedina, EOR; Wever, Eric F. D.

    1996-01-01

    Background Rising costs of health care, partly as a result of costly therapeutic innovations, are of concern to both the medical profession and healthcare authorities. The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or (ICD) is still not remunerated by Dutch healthcare insurers. The aim of this study was

  6. Design of a Defibrillator Analyzer System based on LabVIEW%基于LabVIEW的除颤监护检测仪的开发

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    赵晖

    2012-01-01

    Defibrillator is necessary apparatus for rescue and treatment. In order to assure the safety and effectiveness m clinical use of defibrillator, the defibrillator's performance must be test periodically. This paper present a defibrillator analyzer system based on Lab VIEW, to detect the parameters such as release energy and synchronization delay time, and it can output ECG signal and the sine (or square wave) signal.%除颤器是用于抢救和治疗心律失常病人的设备,为确保除颤器临床使用的安全有效,必须对其主要指标进行定期检测.本文设计了一款基于LabVIEW的除颤器检测仪,用于检测除颤器的释放能量、同步除颤延迟时间等指标,并可输出模拟心电信号和正弦波(或方波)信号.

  7. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao; Curwen, Christopher A.; Hon, Philip W. C.; Chen, Qi-Sheng; Itoh, Tatsuo; Williams, Benjamin S.

    2015-11-01

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  8. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao, E-mail: luyaoxu.ee@ucla.edu; Curwen, Christopher A.; Williams, Benjamin S. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Hon, Philip W. C.; Itoh, Tatsuo [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Chen, Qi-Sheng [Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California 90278 (United States)

    2015-11-30

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  9. Checklists for external validity

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    Dyrvig, Anne-Kirstine; Kidholm, Kristian; Gerke, Oke; Vondeling, Hindrik

    2014-01-01

    RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The quality of the current literature on external validity varies considerably. An improved checklist with validated items on external validity would aid decision-makers in judging similarities among circumstances when transferring evidence from a study setting to an....... The retrieved checklist items were assessed for (i) the methodology used in primary literature, justifying inclusion of each item; and (ii) the number of times each item appeared in checklists. RESULTS: Fifteen papers were identified, presenting a total of 21 checklists for external validity, yielding...... a total of 38 checklist items. Empirical support was considered the most valid methodology for item inclusion. Assessment of methodological justification showed that none of the items were supported empirically. Other kinds of literature justified the inclusion of 22 of the items, and 17 items were...

  10. Participation through Automation: Fully Automated Critical PeakPricing in Commercial Buildings

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    Piette, Mary Ann; Watson, David S.; Motegi, Naoya; Kiliccote,Sila; Linkugel, Eric

    2006-06-20

    California electric utilities have been exploring the use of dynamic critical peak prices (CPP) and other demand response programs to help reduce peaks in customer electric loads. CPP is a tariff design to promote demand response. Levels of automation in DR can be defined as follows: Manual Demand Response involves a potentially labor-intensive approach such as manually turning off or changing comfort set points at each equipment switch or controller. Semi-Automated Demand Response involves a pre-programmed demand response strategy initiated by a person via centralized control system. Fully Automated Demand Response does not involve human intervention, but is initiated at a home, building, or facility through receipt of an external communications signal. The receipt of the external signal initiates pre-programmed demand response strategies. They refer to this as Auto-DR. This paper describes the development, testing, and results from automated CPP (Auto-CPP) as part of a utility project in California. The paper presents the project description and test methodology. This is followed by a discussion of Auto-DR strategies used in the field test buildings. They present a sample Auto-CPP load shape case study, and a selection of the Auto-CPP response data from September 29, 2005. If all twelve sites reached their maximum saving simultaneously, a total of approximately 2 MW of DR is available from these twelve sites that represent about two million ft{sup 2}. The average DR was about half that value, at about 1 MW. These savings translate to about 0.5 to 1.0 W/ft{sup 2} of demand reduction. They are continuing field demonstrations and economic evaluations to pursue increasing penetrations of automated DR that has demonstrated ability to provide a valuable DR resource for California.

  11. 5 Jahre Frühdefibrillation (1989 – 1993)

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    Ludwig, Kerstin

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Defibrillation is the treatment of choice in patients suffering from ventricular fibrillation. The development of automated external defibrillators (AED), which recognize arrhythmias suitable to be treated by electrical countershock with high sensitivity and specificity, offered the chance to delegate this treatment safely into the hands of trained non-physicians who generally arrive earlier at the scene compared to physicians in the emergency medical services organized as a s...

  12. Productivity Change and Externalities

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    Kravtsova, Victoria

    2014-01-01

    This paper contributes to the analysis of the impact of externalities on the host country's total factor productivity by taking into account different dimensions of spillover effects. Namely, engagement in exporting and foreign ownership is generally perceived as being beneficial to individual...... on Hungary. While the country leads the group of post-socialist countries in the amount of attracted foreign direct investments (FDI) the effect of this policy on the economy remains unclear. The research finds that different externalities play a different role in productivity, technological and...

  13. External Liabilities and Crises

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    Luis Catão; Gian Milesi-Ferretti

    2013-01-01

    We examine the determinants of external crises, focusing on the role of foreign liabilities and their composition. Using a variety of statistical tools and comprehensive data spanning 1970-2011, we find that the ratio of net foreign liabilities (NFL) to GDP is a significant crisis predictor, and the more so when it exceeds 50 percent in absolute terms and 20 percent of the country-specific historical mean. This is primarily due to net external debt--the effect of net equity liabilities is wea...

  14. Externalities - an analysis using the EU ExternE-results

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    The EU project ExternE quantified the externalities for the different energy technologies. In this work, the ExternE results are used in a MARKAL-analysis for the Nordic countries. The analysis does not go into detail, but gives some interesting indications: The external costs are not fully covered in the Nordic energy systems, the present taxes and charges are not high enough. The emissions from the energy systems would be strongly reduced, if taxes/environmental charges were set at the level ExternE calculate. The emissions from power production would be reduced most. Renewable energy sources and natural gas dominate the energy systems in the ExternE case

  15. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... D.: There are different forms of radiation for prostate cancer. They really boil down to two different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray ... the prostate. [beeping] Narrator: The more common form of radiation ...

  16. Stochastic Control - External Models

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    Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad

    2005-01-01

    This note is devoted to control of stochastic systems described in discrete time. We are concerned with external descriptions or transfer function model, where we have a dynamic model for the input output relation only (i.e.. no direct internal information). The methods are based on LTI systems and...

  17. External costs of electricity

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    This article presents a synthesis of the ExternE project (External costs of Energy) of the European community about the external costs of power generation. Pollution impacts are calculated using an 'impact pathways' analysis, i.e. an analysis of the emission - dispersion - dose-response function - cost evaluation chain. Results are presented for different fuel cycles (with several technological variants) with their confidence intervals. The environmental impact costs are particularly high for coal: for instance, in France, for coal-fired power plants it is of the same order as the electricity retail price. For natural gas, this cost is about a third of the one for coal. On the contrary, the environmental impact costs for nuclear and renewable energies are low, typically of few per cent of the electricity price. The main part of these costs corresponds to the sanitary impacts, in particular the untimely mortality. In order to avoid any controversy about the cost evaluation of mortality, the reduction of the expectation of life due to the different fuel cycles is also indicated and the risks linked with nuclear energy are presented using several comparisons. (J.S.)

  18. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray machine, and there's a variety called interstitial implantation, ... the treatment. You can't really feel the x-rays going into you and so they feel no ...

  19. External Radiation Therapy

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    Full Text Available ... prostate or when the patient is older the treatment that is frequently used is radiation therapy. Gunnar Zagars, M.D.: There are different forms ... different types. There's what we call external beam treatment, which is given from an x-ray machine, ...

  20. Echokardiographie aktuell: Gelungene Implantation eines Defibrillators mit Resynchronisationsfunktion, aber dem Patienten geht es schlechter ...

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available bVorgeschichte/bbr Vor 4 Jahren fand bei dem 73-jährigen Patienten ein Vorderwandinfarkt infolge Plaqueruptur statt, damals wurde koronarangiographisch der Ausschluss einer signifikant stenosierenden KHK getroffen. Seither ist eine reduzierte Linksventrikelfunktion (LVF bekannt. Im letzten Jahr mehrfach stationäre Aufnahmen wegen kardialer Dekompensation, in diesem Zeitraum wurde die medikamentöse Herzinsuffizienztherapie, bestehend aus ACE-Hemmer und Betablocker in Maximaldosis, Spironolacton und Torasemid, optimiert. Auch Levosimendan wurde verabreicht. Der Pat. präsentiert sich jetzt überwiegend in NYHA-Stadium II–III, sodass die Indikation zur Implantation eines prophylaktischen Defibrillators (ICD gestellt wird. Bei inkomplettem Linksschenkelblock mit einer QRS-Breite von 130 msec (Abb. 1 wird echokardiographisch auch in Richtung Resynchronisation (CRT evaluiert.br bEchokardiographie präoperativ/bbr Es zeigt sich eine stark reduzierte LVF mit einer geschätzten EF von 35 % mit optisch gering vorhandener Asynchronie, sowie zusätzlicher Hypokinesie apikal und distal lateral (Abb. 2–4. Von den gemessenen Dyssynchronieparametern fand sich lediglich auf AV-Ebene ein signifikanter Wert mit einer "diastolic filling time" (dft von 38 % (Cut-off: 40 % (Abb. 5. Auf interventrikulärer Ebene war das interventrikulär- elektromechanische Delay (IVEMD mit 20 und das intraventrikuläre Delay (gemessen mittels M-Mode in der parasternalen kurzen Achse und PW-TDI in den apikalen Schnitten außerhalb des signifikanten Bereiches. Es wird somit die Indikation zur Implantation eines ICD-CRT gestellt, da nach geltender Expertenmeinung auch die Dyssynchronie auf AV-Ebene alleine ausreichend ist, um einen Benefit durch zusätzliche Resynchronisation mit höherer Wahrscheinlichkeit voraussagen zu können. In einer 2-stündigen Operation in Vollnarkose wird eine ICD-Elektrode in den Apex des rechten Ventrikels (RV geschraubt, eine steuerbare Elektrode

  1. Automated Camera Calibration

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    Chen, Siqi; Cheng, Yang; Willson, Reg

    2006-01-01

    Automated Camera Calibration (ACAL) is a computer program that automates the generation of calibration data for camera models used in machine vision systems. Machine vision camera models describe the mapping between points in three-dimensional (3D) space in front of the camera and the corresponding points in two-dimensional (2D) space in the camera s image. Calibrating a camera model requires a set of calibration data containing known 3D-to-2D point correspondences for the given camera system. Generating calibration data typically involves taking images of a calibration target where the 3D locations of the target s fiducial marks are known, and then measuring the 2D locations of the fiducial marks in the images. ACAL automates the analysis of calibration target images and greatly speeds the overall calibration process.

  2. Automated telescope scheduling

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    Johnston, Mark D.

    1988-08-01

    With the ever increasing level of automation of astronomical telescopes the benefits and feasibility of automated planning and scheduling are becoming more apparent. Improved efficiency and increased overall telescope utilization are the most obvious goals. Automated scheduling at some level has been done for several satellite observatories, but the requirements on these systems were much less stringent than on modern ground or satellite observatories. The scheduling problem is particularly acute for Hubble Space Telescope: virtually all observations must be planned in excruciating detail weeks to months in advance. Space Telescope Science Institute has recently made significant progress on the scheduling problem by exploiting state-of-the-art artificial intelligence software technology. What is especially interesting is that this effort has already yielded software that is well suited to scheduling groundbased telescopes, including the problem of optimizing the coordinated scheduling of more than one telescope.

  3. Serum-Based Oxylipins Are Associated with Outcomes in Primary Prevention Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients

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    Zhang, Yiyi; Guallar, Eliseo; Blasco-Colmenares, Elena; Harms, Amy C.; Vreeken, Rob J.; Hankemeier, Thomas; Tomaselli, Gordon F.; Cheng, Alan

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Individuals with systolic heart failure are at risk of ventricular arrhythmias and all-cause mortality. Little is known regarding the mechanisms underlying these events. We sought to better understand if oxylipins, a diverse class of lipid metabolites derived from the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids, were associated with these outcomes in recipients of primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Methods Among 479 individuals from the PROSE-ICD study, baseline serum were analyzed and quantitatively profiled for 35 known biologically relevant oxylipin metabolites. Associations with ICD shocks for ventricular arrhythmias and all-cause mortality were evaluated using Cox proportional hazards models. Results Six oxylipins, 17,18-DiHETE (HR = 0.83, 95% CI 0.70 to 0.99 per SD change in oxylipin level), 19,20-DiHDPA (HR = 0.79, 95% CI 0.63 to 0.98), 5,6-DiHETrE (HR = 0.73, 95% CI 0.58 to 0.91), 8,9-DiHETrE (HR = 0.76, 95% CI 0.62 to 0.95), 9,10-DiHOME (HR = 0.81, 95% CI 0.65 to 1.00), and PGF1α (HR = 1.33, 95% CI 1.04 to 1.71) were associated with the risk of appropriate ICD shock after multivariate adjustment for clinical factors. Additionally, 4 oxylipin-to-precursor ratios, 15S-HEPE / FA (20:5-ω3), 17,18-DiHETE / FA (20:5-ω3), 19,20-DiHDPA / FA (20:5-ω3), and 5S-HEPE / FA (20:5-ω3) were positively associated with the risk of all-cause mortality. Conclusion In a prospective cohort of patients with primary prevention ICDs, we identified several novel oxylipin markers that were associated with appropriate shock and mortality using metabolic profiling techniques. These findings may provide new insight into the potential biologic pathways leading to adverse events in this patient population. PMID:27281224

  4. Network Externality: An Uncommon Tragedy

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    S. J. Liebowitz; Stephen E. Margolis

    1994-01-01

    Economists have defined 'network externality' and have examined putative inframarginal market failures associated with it. This paper distinguishes between network effects and network externalities, where the latter are market failures. The authors argue that while network effects are important, network externalities are theoretically fragile and empirically undocumented. Some network externalities are merely pecuniary. Network ownership or transactions among network participants can internal...

  5. Myths in test automation

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    Jazmine Francis

    2015-01-01

    Myths in automation of software testing is an issue of discussion that echoes about the areas of service in validation of software industry. Probably, the first though that appears in knowledgeable reader would be Why this old topic again? What's New to discuss the matter? But, for the first time everyone agrees that undoubtedly automation testing today is not today what it used to be ten or fifteen years ago, because it has evolved in scope and magnitude. What began as a simple linear script...

  6. Automated phantom assay system

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    This paper describes an automated phantom assay system developed for assaying phantoms spiked with minute quantities of radionuclides. The system includes a computer-controlled linear-translation table that positions the phantom at exact distances from a spectrometer. A multichannel analyzer (MCA) interfaces with a computer to collect gamma spectral data. Signals transmitted between the controller and MCA synchronize data collection and phantom positioning. Measured data are then stored on disk for subsequent analysis. The automated system allows continuous unattended operation and ensures reproducible results

  7. External-Memory Multimaps

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    Angelino, Elaine; Mitzenmacher, Michael; Thaler, Justin

    2011-01-01

    Many data structures support dictionaries, also known as maps or associative arrays, which store and manage a set of key-value pairs. A \\emph{multimap} is generalization that allows multiple values to be associated with the same key. For example, the inverted file data structure that is used prevalently in the infrastructure supporting search engines is a type of multimap, where words are used as keys and document pointers are used as values. We study the multimap abstract data type and how it can be implemented efficiently online in external memory frameworks, with constant expected I/O performance. The key technique used to achieve our results is a combination of cuckoo hashing using buckets that hold multiple items with a multiqueue implementation to cope with varying numbers of values per key. Our external-memory results are for the standard two-level memory model.

  8. Automated conflict resolution issues

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    Wike, Jeffrey S.

    1991-01-01

    A discussion is presented of how conflicts for Space Network resources should be resolved in the ATDRSS era. The following topics are presented: a description of how resource conflicts are currently resolved; a description of issues associated with automated conflict resolution; present conflict resolution strategies; and topics for further discussion.

  9. Protokoller til Home Automation

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    Kjær, Kristian Ellebæk

    2008-01-01

    computer, der kan skifte mellem foruddefinerede indstillinger. Nogle gange kan computeren fjernstyres over internettet, så man kan se hjemmets status fra en computer eller måske endda fra en mobiltelefon. Mens nævnte anvendelser er klassiske indenfor home automation, er yderligere funktionalitet dukket op...

  10. Myths in test automation

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    Jazmine Francis

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Myths in automation of software testing is an issue of discussion that echoes about the areas of service in validation of software industry. Probably, the first though that appears in knowledgeable reader would be Why this old topic again? What's New to discuss the matter? But, for the first time everyone agrees that undoubtedly automation testing today is not today what it used to be ten or fifteen years ago, because it has evolved in scope and magnitude. What began as a simple linear scripts for web applications today has a complex architecture and a hybrid framework to facilitate the implementation of testing applications developed with various platforms and technologies. Undoubtedly automation has advanced, but so did the myths associated with it. The change in perspective and knowledge of people on automation has altered the terrain. This article reflects the points of views and experience of the author in what has to do with the transformation of the original myths in new versions, and how they are derived; also provides his thoughts on the new generation of myths.

  11. Automated data model evaluation

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    Modeling process is essential phase within information systems development and implementation. This paper presents methods and techniques for analysis and evaluation of data model correctness. Recent methodologies and development results regarding automation of the process of model correctness analysis and relations with ontology tools has been presented. Key words: Database modeling, Data model correctness, Evaluation

  12. Automated solvent concentrator

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    Griffith, J. S.; Stuart, J. L.

    1976-01-01

    Designed for automated drug identification system (AUDRI), device increases concentration by 100. Sample is first filtered, removing particulate contaminants and reducing water content of sample. Sample is extracted from filtered residue by specific solvent. Concentrator provides input material to analysis subsystem.

  13. ELECTROPNEUMATIC AUTOMATION EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY

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    Dolgorukov, S. O.; National Aviation University; Roman, B. V.; National Aviation University

    2013-01-01

    The article reflects current situation in education regarding mechatronics learning difficulties. Com-plex of laboratory test benches on electropneumatic automation are considered as a tool in advancing through technical science. Course of laboratory works developed to meet the requirement of efficient and reliable way of practical skills acquisition is regarded the simplest way for students to learn the ba-sics of mechatronics.

  14. Externalities in Urban Sustainability

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    Erik T. Verhoef; Nijkamp, Peter

    2000-01-01

    This paper studies urban sustainability from the perspective ofexternalities. We develop a general spatialequilibrium model of a monocentric city, in which two types ofexternalities occur. On the one hand, pollution inthe industrial centre leads to a spatially differentiateddeterioration of the environmental quality in the residentialarea. On the other hand, the existence of the city is explained byagglomeration economies, represented as simpleMarshallian external benefits in production. We i...

  15. Automating spectral measurements

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    Goldstein, Fred T.

    2008-09-01

    This paper discusses the architecture of software utilized in spectroscopic measurements. As optical coatings become more sophisticated, there is mounting need to automate data acquisition (DAQ) from spectrophotometers. Such need is exacerbated when 100% inspection is required, ancillary devices are utilized, cost reduction is crucial, or security is vital. While instrument manufacturers normally provide point-and-click DAQ software, an application programming interface (API) may be missing. In such cases automation is impossible or expensive. An API is typically provided in libraries (*.dll, *.ocx) which may be embedded in user-developed applications. Users can thereby implement DAQ automation in several Windows languages. Another possibility, developed by FTG as an alternative to instrument manufacturers' software, is the ActiveX application (*.exe). ActiveX, a component of many Windows applications, provides means for programming and interoperability. This architecture permits a point-and-click program to act as automation client and server. Excel, for example, can control and be controlled by DAQ applications. Most importantly, ActiveX permits ancillary devices such as barcode readers and XY-stages to be easily and economically integrated into scanning procedures. Since an ActiveX application has its own user-interface, it can be independently tested. The ActiveX application then runs (visibly or invisibly) under DAQ software control. Automation capabilities are accessed via a built-in spectro-BASIC language with industry-standard (VBA-compatible) syntax. Supplementing ActiveX, spectro-BASIC also includes auxiliary serial port commands for interfacing programmable logic controllers (PLC). A typical application is automatic filter handling.

  16. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators at End of Battery Life: Opportunities for Risk (Re)-Stratification in ICD Recipients.

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    Merchant, Faisal M; Quest, Tammie; Leon, Angel R; El-Chami, Mikhael F

    2016-02-01

    Although implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are frequently viewed as a lifelong commitment in that patients are routinely scheduled for generator exchange (GE) at end of battery life, several considerations should prompt a reevaluation of risks and benefits before GE. Compared with initial ICD implant, patients receiving replacement devices are older, and have more comorbidities and shorter life expectancy, all of which may limit the benefit of ICD therapy following GE. Additionally, GE is associated with significant complications, including infection, which may increase the risk of mortality. In this paper, we review recent data regarding opportunities for risk stratification before GE, with a particular focus on those with improved left ventricular function and those who have not experienced ICD therapies during the first battery life. We also provide a broader perspective on ICD therapy, focusing on how decisions regarding GE may affect goals of care at the end of life. PMID:26821633

  17. Combined etiology of anaphylactic cardiogenic shock: Amiodarone, epinephrine, cardioverter defibrillator, left ventricular assist devices and the Kounis syndrome

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    Nicholas G Kounis

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Anaphylactic shock is a life-threatening condition which needs detailed and mediculous clinical assessment and thoughtful treatment. Several causes can join forces in order to degranulate mast cells. Amiodarone which is an iodine-containing highly lipophilic benzofuran can induce allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in sensitized patients. Epinephrine is a life saving drug, but in sulfite allergic patients it should be given with caution due its metabisulfite preservative. Metals covering cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers can act as antigens attached to serum proteins and induce allergic reactions. In anaphylactic shock, myocardial involvement due to vasospasm-induced coronary blood flow reduction manifesting as Kounis syndrome should be always considered. Clinically, combined treatment targeting the primary cause of anaphylaxis together with protection of cardiac tissue seems to be of paramount importance.

  18. Embodied Revelation: A Classic Grounded Theory of Heart Failure Patient Decision Making Surrounding Primary Prevention Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy

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    Vera Barton-Caro Ph.D.,

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this classic grounded theory study was to explain the complex decision making process of heart failure (HF patients considering primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD therapy. Sudden cardiac death (SCD is the leading cause of death for people with HF as well as the primary cause of death in the United States (US. ICDs represent the standard of care as the only effective therapy for primary prevention of SCD. However, a significant proportion of qualifying HF patients declines this invasive, yet life-saving device. The grounded theory is of Embodied revelation. The threat of SCD for ICD candidates consists of four stages: living in conscious denial, heightening of awareness, sanctioning ICD therapy, and living in new assurance. The first stage ends abruptly with the critical juncture of grasping the threat of SCD. This grounded theory has implications for research, nursing and medical practice, as well as bioethical considerations.

  19. In vitro assessment of the immunity of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators to magnetic fields of 50/60 Hz

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    Public concern for the compatibility of electromagnetic (EM) sources with active implantable medical devices (AIMD) has prompted the development of new systems that can perform accurate exposure studies. EM field interference with active cardiac implants (e.g. implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)) can be critical. This paper describes a magnetic field (MF) exposure system and the method developed for testing the immunity of ICD to continuous-wave MFs. The MFs were created by Helmholtz coils, housed in a Faraday cage. The coils were able to produce highly uniform MFs up to 4000 µT at 50 Hz and 3900 µT at 60 Hz, within the test space. Four ICDs were tested. No dysfunctions were found in the generated MFs. These results confirm that the tested ICDs were immune to low frequency MFs. (paper)

  20. A meta-analysis of mortality in end-stage renal disease patients receiving implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs.

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    Tien-Hsing Chen

    Full Text Available Data on the effectiveness of implantable implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs with respect to reducing mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD are lacking. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to compare the mortality of patients with ESRD who have received and not received an ICD. A search was conducted on January 31, 2013 of Medline, Cochrane, EMBASE, and Google Scholar. Studies were selected for inclusion based on the following criteria. 1 Randomized controlled trial. 2 ESRD patients with heart failure. 3 Device therapy (ICD, CRT-defibrillator [CRT-D] used to treat heart failure. 4 Primary outcome is survival analysis. 5 Retrospective study if survival analysis was performed. The primary outcome was overall survival (OS, and the secondary outcome was 2-year survival. Odds ratios (ORs with 95% confidence intervals (CI were calculated, and a χ2-based test of homogeneity was performed. Three studies were included in the analysis. The combined OR for OS was 2.245 (95% CI 1.871 to 2.685, P<0.001, indicating that patients with an ICD had a significantly higher OS than those without an ICD. The combined OR for 2-year survival was 2.312 (95% CI 1.921 to 2.784, P<0.001, indicating that patients with an ICD had a significantly higher 2-year survival rate than those without an ICD. The use of ICD in patients with ESRD is associated with an increase in the OS and the 2-year survival rate.

  1. 9. Incidence of tricuspid valve regurgitation following pacemaker/defibrillator lead extraction

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    A. AlFagih

    2016-07-01

    .5% had pacing leads across the valve.Our study being a simple descriptive study could not find overwhelming evidence to support the claim that there is an elevated risk of new onset TR or deterioration of a regurgitant valve following pacemaker/defibrillator lead extraction. However, our study being a simple observational study with a considerably small sample size may influence the findings. Lack of appropriate control group in this study is a limitation in appraising the hypothesis. As there is scarcity of data in this important area of cardiac research, our findings should prompt motivation for larger and well controlled cohort studies.

  2. External costs of electric power generation systems. Nuclear fuel cycle in ExternE

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    In ExternE, external costs on mine steps such as mining and refining of uranium, conversion, enrichment, fuel production, power generation, reprocessing, wastes treatment, transportation, and construction and subdivision were evaluated. However, even treatment of same a step is not always carried out in own country. In order to conduct a fair evaluation, every country must elucidate performances of its specified sites. And, ExternE defines some important evaluation items (priority Impact) thought to largely affect the external cost formed at every stage in each power generation system. In addition, ExternE also considers on some impact routes of radioactive materials. On calculation result of external costs on the nuclear power generation, as its methodology is common, its evaluation results are not always realistic because of use of French data using Phase II when insufficiency of data in own country, use of supposed site condition, use of different time span for evaluating effect, and so forth. (G.K.)

  3. Graphene in external fields

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    Feng, Sze-Shiang; Mochena, Mogus

    2010-01-01

    A general discussion of graphene in external electromagnetic field is provided. In general, the formulation is not Lorentz invariant because of Zeeman energy. But it can be restored approxiamtely in the case of strong magnetic field, the condition when quantum Hall effect is observed. Besides obtaining the well-known Hall conductance $\\frac{4q^2}{h}(L+1/2)$, we also predict that the sequence of Hall conductance $\\frac{4q^2}{h}L$,which contains the newly observed Hall conductance $\\frac{4q^2}{...

  4. Automated Preferences Elicitation

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    Kárný, Miroslav; Guy, Tatiana Valentine

    Prague : Institute of Information Theory and Automation, 2011, s. 20-25. ISBN 978-80-903834-6-3. [The 2nd International Workshop od Decision Making with Multiple Imperfect Decision Makers. Held in Conjunction with the 25th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2011). Sierra Nevada (ES), 16.12.2011-16.12.2011] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572; GA ČR GA102/08/0567 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : elicitation * decision making * Bayesian decision making * fully probabilistic design Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2011/AS/karny-automated preferences elicitation.pdf

  5. Automated drawing generation system

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    Since automated CAD drawing generation systems still require human intervention, improvements were focussed on an interactive processing section (data input and correcting operation) which necessitates a vast amount of work. As a result, human intervention was eliminated, the original objective of a computerized system. This is the first step taken towards complete automation. The effects of development and commercialization of the system are as described below. (1) The interactive processing time required for generating drawings was improved. It was determined that introduction of the CAD system has reduced the time required for generating drawings. (2) The difference in skills between workers preparing drawings has been eliminated and the quality of drawings has been made uniform. (3) The extent of knowledge and experience demanded of workers has been reduced. (author)

  6. ATLAS Distributed Computing Automation

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    Schovancova, J; The ATLAS collaboration; Borrego, C; Campana, S; Di Girolamo, A; Elmsheuser, J; Hejbal, J; Kouba, T; Legger, F; Magradze, E; Medrano Llamas, R; Negri, G; Rinaldi, L; Sciacca, G; Serfon, C; Van Der Ster, D C

    2012-01-01

    The ATLAS Experiment benefits from computing resources distributed worldwide at more than 100 WLCG sites. The ATLAS Grid sites provide over 100k CPU job slots, over 100 PB of storage space on disk or tape. Monitoring of status of such a complex infrastructure is essential. The ATLAS Grid infrastructure is monitored 24/7 by two teams of shifters distributed world-wide, by the ATLAS Distributed Computing experts, and by site administrators. In this paper we summarize automation efforts performed within the ATLAS Distributed Computing team in order to reduce manpower costs and improve the reliability of the system. Different aspects of the automation process are described: from the ATLAS Grid site topology provided by the ATLAS Grid Information System, via automatic site testing by the HammerCloud, to automatic exclusion from production or analysis activities.

  7. Rapid automated nuclear chemistry

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    Rapid Automated Nuclear Chemistry (RANC) can be thought of as the Z-separation of Neutron-rich Isotopes by Automated Methods. The range of RANC studies of fission and its products is large. In a sense, the studies can be categorized into various energy ranges from the highest where the fission process and particle emission are considered, to low energies where nuclear dynamics are being explored. This paper presents a table which gives examples of current research using RANC on fission and fission products. The remainder of this text is divided into three parts. The first contains a discussion of the chemical methods available for the fission product elements, the second describes the major techniques, and in the last section, examples of recent results are discussed as illustrations of the use of RANC

  8. Rapid automated nuclear chemistry

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    Meyer, R.A.

    1979-05-31

    Rapid Automated Nuclear Chemistry (RANC) can be thought of as the Z-separation of Neutron-rich Isotopes by Automated Methods. The range of RANC studies of fission and its products is large. In a sense, the studies can be categorized into various energy ranges from the highest where the fission process and particle emission are considered, to low energies where nuclear dynamics are being explored. This paper presents a table which gives examples of current research using RANC on fission and fission products. The remainder of this text is divided into three parts. The first contains a discussion of the chemical methods available for the fission product elements, the second describes the major techniques, and in the last section, examples of recent results are discussed as illustrations of the use of RANC.

  9. Environmental external effects from wind power based on the EU ExternE methodology

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    Ibsen, Liselotte Schleisner; Nielsen, Per Sieverts

    1998-01-01

    The European Commission has launched a major study project, ExternE, to develop a methodology to quantify externalities. A “National Implementation Phase”, was started under the Joule II programme with the purpose of implementing the ExternE methodology in all member states. The main objective of...... the Danish part of the project is to implement the framework for externality evaluation, for three different power plants located in Denmark. The paper will focus on the assessment of the impacts of the whole fuel cycles for wind, natural gas and biogas. Priority areas for environmental impact...

  10. CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF AUTOMATED FLOW CYTOMETRY DATA ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

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    Aghaeepour, Nima; Finak, Greg; Hoos, Holger; Mosmann, Tim R.; Gottardo, Raphael; Brinkman, Ryan; Scheuermann, Richard H.

    2013-01-01

    Traditional methods for flow cytometry (FCM) data processing rely on subjective manual gating. Recently, several groups have developed computational methods for identifying cell populations in multidimensional FCM data. The Flow Cytometry: Critical Assessment of Population Identification Methods (FlowCAP) challenges were established to compare the performance of these methods on two tasks – mammalian cell population identification to determine if automated algorithms can reproduce expert manual gating, and sample classification to determine if analysis pipelines can identify characteristics that correlate with external variables (e.g., clinical outcome). This analysis presents the results of the first of these challenges. Several methods performed well compared to manual gating or external variables using statistical performance measures, suggesting that automated methods have reached a sufficient level of maturity and accuracy for reliable use in FCM data analysis. PMID:23396282

  11. Analysis of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator lead failures%植入型心律转复除颤器导线故障分析

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    陈太波; 程康安; 程中伟; 范静波; 姜秀春; 方全

    2011-01-01

    目的 总结分析我院植入型心律转复除颤器( ICD)起搏除颤导线故障病例特点。方法 对2005年10月至2009年12月62例在我院新植入ICD导线患者进行随访分析,所有导线植入均以锁骨下静脉作为入路。随访中出现以下1项或多项异常考虑导线故障:(1)起搏阻抗永久性或间歇性>2000 Ω或<250 Ω;(2)除颤高压阻抗>200 Ω;(3)心内电图证实除颤导线感知非生理性高频噪声导致误放电。结果 中位数随访时间28(10 ~46)个月,4例患者(6.5%)诊断ICD导线故障,导线寿命18~38个月;临床均以ICD误放电至医院就诊,同时程控发现ICD导线起搏阻抗异常。其中l例患者放电前闻及ICD导线阻抗报警,4例患者均重新植入新的起搏感知导线。结论 ICD导线故障是一个值得重视的临床问题。ICD导线阻抗报警功能可能有助于早期发现导线故障。如程控发现仅仅除颤导线起搏阻抗异常,植入新的起搏感知导线可以作为首选的故障处理方法。%Objective The aim of the present study was to analyze the characteristics of patients with defibrillation lead failures after implantable cardioverter-defibrillator( ICD)implantation. Methods From Oct. 2005 to Dec 2009 we implanted a new defibrillation lead for 62 consecutive cases, among which all leads were implanted by puncture of the subclavian vein. A lead failure was diagnosed if one or more of the following criteria were met: ( 1 ) permanent or temporary pacing impedance increased to more than 2000 ohms or decreased to less than 200 to 250 ohms; ( 2 ) permanent or temporary high voltage impedance increased to more than 200ohms ; (3) inappropriate shock due to oversensing non-physiologic high frequence noises was documented by intracardiac electrogram. Results During the median follow-up of 28 months ( between 10 and 46 months after implantation) 4 (6. 5% )defibrillation leads failed and the leads survival time ranged

  12. Automated Microbial Metabolism Laboratory

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    1973-01-01

    Development of the automated microbial metabolism laboratory (AMML) concept is reported. The focus of effort of AMML was on the advanced labeled release experiment. Labeled substrates, inhibitors, and temperatures were investigated to establish a comparative biochemical profile. Profiles at three time intervals on soil and pure cultures of bacteria isolated from soil were prepared to establish a complete library. The development of a strategy for the return of a soil sample from Mars is also reported.

  13. Components for automated microscopy

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    Determann, H.; Hartmann, H.; Schade, K. H.; Stankewitz, H. W.

    1980-12-01

    A number of devices, aiming at automated analysis of microscopic objects as regards their morphometrical parameters or their photometrical values, were developed. These comprise: (1) a device for automatic focusing tuned on maximum contrast; (2) a feedback system for automatic optimization of microscope illumination; and (3) microscope lenses with adjustable pupil distances for usage in the two previous devices. An extensive test program on histological and zytological applications proves the wide application possibilities of the autofocusing device.

  14. Automation of dissolution tests

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    Rolf Rolli

    2003-01-01

    Dissolution testing of drug formulations was introduced in the 1960s and accepted by health regulatory authorities in the 1970s. Since then, the importance of dissolution has grown rapidly as have the number of tests and demands in quality-control laboratories. Recent research works lead to the development of in-vitro dissolution tests as replacements for human and animal bioequivalence studies. For many years, a lot of time and effort has been invested in automation of dissolution tests. The...

  15. Automated uranium assays

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    Precise, timely inventories of enriched uranium stocks are vital to help prevent the loss, theft, or diversion of this material for illicit use. A wet-chemistry analyzer has been developed at LLL to assist in these inventories by performing automated analyses of uranium samples from different stages in the nuclear fuel cycle. These assays offer improved accuracy, reduced costs, significant savings in manpower, and lower radiation exposure for personnel compared with present techniques

  16. Construction Automation and Robotics

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    Bock, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Due to the high complexity of the construction process and the stagnating technological development a long-term preparation is necessary to adapt it to advanced construction methods. Architects, engineers and all other participants of the construction process have to be integrated in this adaptation process. The short- and long-term development of automation will take place step-by-step and will be oriented to the respective application and requirements. In the initial phase existing building...

  17. Shielded cells transfer automation

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    Nuclear waste from shielded cells is removed, packaged, and transferred manually in many nuclear facilities. To reduce radiation exposure to operators, technological advances in remote handling and automation were employed. An industrial robot and a specially designed end effector, access port, and sealing machine were used to remotely bag waste containers out of a glove box. The system is operated from a control panel outside the work area via television cameras

  18. LINAC control automation system

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    A 7 MeV Electron Beam Linear Accelerator (LINAC) being used for pulse radiolysis experiments at RC and CDD, B.A.R.C. has been automated with a PLC based control panel designed and developed by Computer Division, B.A.R.C.. The control panel after power on switches ON various units in a pre-defined sequence and intervals on a single turn of START key from OFF to ON position. The control panel also generates various ramp signals in a pre-defined sequence and rate and steady values and feeds to the LINAC bringing it to the ready for experiment condition. Similarly on a single turn of STOP key from OFF to ON position, the panel ramps down the various signals in pre-defined manners and makes OFF the various units in predefined sequence and timing providing safety to the machine. The steady values for various signals are on line settable as and when required so. This automation system relieves the operator from fatigue of time consuming manual ramping up or down of various signals and running around in four rooms for switching ON or OFF the various units enhancing efficiency and safety. This also facilitates the user scientist to do start up and shutdown operation in the absence of skilled operators and thus adds flexibility for working up to extended timing. This unit has been working satisfactorily since August 2002. For extraordinary condition automation to manual or vice versa change over has been provided. (author)

  19. Beta-blocker therapy is not associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients receiving an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

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    Hoogwegt, Madelein T; Kupper, Nina; Theuns, Dominic A M J;

    2012-01-01

    Beta-blockers are frequently prescribed to implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) patients. Beta-blocker therapy has been proposed to induce emotional distress such as depression and anxiety, but a paucity of studies has examined the relationship between beta-blockers and distress. We...... investigated the association between beta-blocker therapy, including type and dosage, and symptoms of anxiety and depression in a consecutive cohort of patients receiving an ICD....

  20. Combining Amplitude Spectrum Area with Previous Shock Information Using Neural Networks Improves Prediction Performance of Defibrillation Outcome for Subsequent Shocks in Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients.

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    Full Text Available Quantitative ventricular fibrillation (VF waveform analysis is a potentially powerful tool to optimize defibrillation. However, whether combining VF features with additional attributes that related to the previous shock could enhance the prediction performance for subsequent shocks is still uncertain.A total of 528 defibrillation shocks from 199 patients experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were analyzed in this study. VF waveform was quantified using amplitude spectrum area (AMSA from defibrillator's ECG recordings prior to each shock. Combinations of AMSA with previous shock index (PSI or/and change of AMSA (ΔAMSA between successive shocks were exercised through a training dataset including 255shocks from 99patientswith neural networks. Performance of the combination methods were compared with AMSA based single feature prediction by area under receiver operating characteristic curve(AUC, sensitivity, positive predictive value (PPV, negative predictive value (NPV and prediction accuracy (PA through a validation dataset that was consisted of 273 shocks from 100patients.A total of61 (61.0% patients required subsequent shocks (N = 173 in the validation dataset. Combining AMSA with PSI and ΔAMSA obtained highest AUC (0.904 vs. 0.819, p<0.001 among different combination approaches for subsequent shocks. Sensitivity (76.5% vs. 35.3%, p<0.001, NPV (90.2% vs. 76.9%, p = 0.007 and PA (86.1% vs. 74.0%, p = 0.005were greatly improved compared with AMSA based single feature prediction with a threshold of 90% specificity.In this retrospective study, combining AMSA with previous shock information using neural networks greatly improves prediction performance of defibrillation outcome for subsequent shocks.

  1. Cost-Utility Analysis of the EVOLVO Study on Remote Monitoring for Heart Failure Patients With Implantable Defibrillators: Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Zanaboni, Paolo; Landolina, Maurizio; Marzegalli, Maurizio; Lunati, Maurizio; Perego, Giovanni B; Guenzati, Giuseppe; CURNIS, ANTONIO; Valsecchi, Sergio; Borghetti, Francesca; Borghi, Gabriella; Masella, Cristina

    2013-01-01

    Background Heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators place a significant burden on health care systems. Remote monitoring allows assessment of device function and heart failure parameters, and may represent a safe, effective, and cost-saving method compared to conventional in-office follow-up. Objective We hypothesized that remote device monitoring represents a cost-effective approach. This paper summarizes the economic evaluation of the Evolution of Management Strategies of Hear...

  2. 可嵌入心电震发生器的电击系统方案%A Shocking System Solution for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

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    2001-01-01

    @@ 可嵌入心电震发生器(Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators-ICD)已通用几年了.ICD在连接到心脏的两个电极之间施加高压脉冲,它随时检测心脏纤维性颤动.此脉冲可高达800V,在几毫秒期间电流达几十安培.

  3. 除颤仪使用质量监控及效果观察%Quality Monitoring and Effect Observation of Defibrillator

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    张宇平; 王正云; 周淑珍

    2014-01-01

    Objective To improve nurses' operational skills and salvaging success rate. Method With quarterly defibrillator operational assessment on nurses by quality control team, 575 problems were found. Based on these problems, quality control team members analyzed the causes, made countermeasures and reassessed relevant staffs after implementing these countermeasures. Results Under the monitoring of operational skill quality control team, defibrillator operation of nurses was regularized, which improved the proper operation of defibrillators and the salvaging ability of the nurses. Conclusion Quality control is an effective nursing management method, which is conductive to the improvement of nurses' operational skills of defibrillators.%目的提升全院护士除颤仪的操作技能,提高抢救成功率。方法通过质控小组每季度对护士进行除颤仪操作考核,发现问题575项,针对护士存在问题,质控小组成员分析讨论发生的原因并制订相应的对策组织实施,实施后对相关人员再进行考核评价。结果通过技能操作质控小组的监控,规范了护士对除颤仪的操作使用,提高了除颤仪操作的正确性,进一步提升了护士的抢救能力。结论通过质控对提高护士操作除颤仪的技能有很大的成效,是一种非常有效的护理管理方法。

  4. Design and development of automated TLD contamination monitor

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    Thermo Luminescent Dosimeter (TLD) is issued to occupational worker to register the external exposure received during his course of work. Before sending back the TLDs for processing it is the responsibility of the parent institution to check and certify that the TLDs are free of radioactive contamination. To ease the duty of health physicist a PC based automated TLD contamination monitor was designed and developed and the details of the same are presented in this paper

  5. AutoDipole - Automated generation of dipole subtraction terms

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    We present an automated generation of the subtraction terms for next-to-leading order QCD calculations in the Catani-Seymour dipole formalism. For a given scattering process with n external particles our Mathematica package generates all dipole terms, allowing for bothmassless and massive dipoles. The numerical evaluation of the subtraction terms proceeds with MadGraph, which provides Fortran code for the necessary scattering amplitudes. Checks of the numerical stability are discussed. (orig.)

  6. AutoDipole - Automated generation of dipole subtraction terms

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    Hasegawa, K.; Uwer, P. [Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik; Moch, S. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany)

    2009-11-15

    We present an automated generation of the subtraction terms for next-to-leading order QCD calculations in the Catani-Seymour dipole formalism. For a given scattering process with n external particles our Mathematica package generates all dipole terms, allowing for bothmassless and massive dipoles. The numerical evaluation of the subtraction terms proceeds with MadGraph, which provides Fortran code for the necessary scattering amplitudes. Checks of the numerical stability are discussed. (orig.)

  7. Research on Quality Control in Defibrillation ECG Monitor%除颤心电监护仪质量控制研究

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    钱正瑛

    2012-01-01

    目的 介绍无锡地区某三甲医院18台除颤心电监护仪进行的质控检测.方法 参考浙江省计量标准,采用FLUKE电气安全分析仪和除颤器分析仪进行检测,检测内容包括电气安全、能量输出和心电监测.结果 除同步模式下的延迟时间以外,其他合格率均为100%.结论 希望通过质控检测,降低除颤仪的使用风险,提高医疗质量,并进一步关注除颤仪电池检测和同步模式延迟时间的风险控制.%Objective To introduce the quality control (QC) testing of 18 defibrillation ECG monitors in a Level 3 hospital in Wuxi. Methods Based on measurement standards of Zhejiang province, we tested the electrical safety, energy output and electrocardiogram monitor using FLUKE electric analyzer and defibrillator analyzer. Results Qualified rates are 100% except delay time under synchronous mode. Conclusion By QC testing, we hope to reduce the use nsk of defibritlators, improve medical quality, and further focus on the detection of defibrillator battery and risk control of delay time under synchronous mode.

  8. Comparison of external and intravascular cooling to induce hypothermia in patients after CPR

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    Strasser, Ruth H; Wunderlich, Carsten; Gildemeister, Ramona; Diewok, Claudia; Ziegs, Enrico; Simonis, Gregor; Flemming, Kerstin

    2006-01-01

    Objective: Hypothermia has been shown to reduce neurologic deficits in patients after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It was not clear if intravascular cooling is superior to standard external cooling in inducing hypothermia. Goal of this study was to compare intravascular cooling with an automated cooling device with external cooling in everyday practice on a cardiac-care ICU (intensive care unit). Methods: Patients after successful CPR for unwitnessed cardiac arrest were subjected to c...

  9. M2m Automation: Matlab-To-Map Reduce Automation

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    Archana C S

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract- MapReduce is a very popular parallel programming model for cloud computing platforms, and has become an effective method for processing massive data by using a cluster of computers. Program language -to-MapReduce Automator is a possible solution to help traditional programmers easily deploy an application to cloud systems through translating sequential codes to MapReduce codes.M2M Automation mainly focuses on automating numerical computations by using hadoop at the back end. M2M automates Hadoop, for faster execution of Matlab commands using MapReduce code.

  10. External Measures of Cognition

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    Osvaldo Cairo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The human brain is undoubtedly the most impressive, complex and intricate organ that has evolved over time. It is also probably the least understood, and for that reason, the one that is currently attracting the most attention. In fact, the number of comparative analyses that focus on the evolution of brain size in Homo sapiens and other species has increased dramatically in recent years. In neuroscience, no other issue has generated so much interest and been the topic of so many heated debates as the difference in brain size between socially defined population groups, both its connotations and implications. For over a century, external measures of cognition have been related to intelligence. However, it is still unclear whether these measures actually correspond to cognitive abilities. In summary, this paper must be reviewed with this premise in mind.

  11. Bevalac external beamline optics

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    This handbook is intended as an aid for tuning the external particle beam (EPB) lines at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's Bevalac. The information contained within will be useful to the Bevalac's Main Control Room and experimenters alike. First, some general information is given concerning the EPB lines and beam optics. Next, each beam line is described in detail: schematics of the beam line components are shown, all the variables required to run a beam transport program are presented, beam envelopes are given with wire chamber pictures and magnet currents, focal points and magnifications. Some preliminary scaling factors are then presented which should aid in choosing a given EPB magnet's current for a given central Bevalac field. Finally, some tuning hints are suggested

  12. Automated Assessment, Face to Face

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    Rizik M. H. Al-Sayyed; Amjad Hudaib; Muhannad AL-Shboul; Yousef Majdalawi; Mohammed Bataineh

    2010-01-01

    This research paper evaluates the usability of automated exams and compares them with the paper-and-pencil traditional ones. It presents the results of a detailed study conducted at The University of Jordan (UoJ) that comprised students from 15 faculties. A set of 613 students were asked about their opinions concerning automated exams; and their opinions were deeply analyzed. The results indicate that most students reported that they are satisfied with using automated exams but they have sugg...

  13. Automation System Products and Research

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    Rintala, Mikko; Sormunen, Jussi; Kuisma, Petri; Rahkala, Matti

    2014-01-01

    Automation systems are used in most buildings nowadays. In the past they were mainly used in industry to control and monitor critical systems. During the past few decades the automation systems have become more common and are used today from big industrial solutions to homes of private customers. With the growing need for ecologic and cost-efficient management systems, home and building automation systems are becoming a standard way of controlling lighting, ventilation, heating etc. Auto...

  14. Software Testing and Documenting Automation

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    Tsybin, Anton; Lyadova, Lyudmila

    2008-01-01

    This article describes some approaches to problem of testing and documenting automation in information systems with graphical user interface. Combination of data mining methods and theory of finite state machines is used for testing automation. Automated creation of software documentation is based on using metadata in documented system. Metadata is built on graph model. Described approaches improve performance and quality of testing and documenting processes.

  15. Embedded system for building automation

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    Rolih, Andrej

    2014-01-01

    Home automation is a fast developing field of computer science and electronics. Companies are offering many different products for home automation. Ranging anywhere from complete systems for building management and control, to simple smart lights that can be connected to the internet. These products offer the user greater living comfort and lower their expenses by reducing the energy usage. This thesis shows the development of a simple home automation system that focuses mainly on the enhance...

  16. 基于能量检测的心电除颤模拟教学系统%Cardiac defibrillation simulation teaching system based on energy detection

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    杨延雷; 张子明; 卢旺; 梁书立

    2012-01-01

    采S3C2440作为主控制芯片,使用Linux2.6.240S,在嵌入式Qt2.7平台下开发设计了一款医学心电除颤模拟教学系统。系统进行高压降压后通过AD采集计算除颤仪释放的能量。心电波形的拟合是采用M丌_Bm心电数据库,通过分析截取一个周期的数据,经变换得到适合嵌入式下的波形数据。该系统可作为独立的除颤模拟系统使用也可与智能综合模型人相连配合使用,能够真实地模拟心电除颤的整个过程。该系统的成功研制为医学心电除颤教学与学习提供了优越的教学平台。%Using S3C2440 as the main control chip, Linux2.6.24 as OS and use embedded Qt2.7 as developed platform to design a simulation teaching system of medical heart defibrillator. The system calculates energy of defibrillator released after step-dowan and MD collection. Electrocardiogram waveform fitting is the use of MIT-BIH ECG database, and interception of a cycle by analyzing the data obtained by the transformation under very suitable for embedded waveform data. The system can be used as stand-alone defibrillation simulation system and can be integrated with smart people connected with the use of the model. Which is able to simulate the whole process of heart defibrillator. This system successfully developed cardiac defibrillation for medical teaching and learning provides excellent teaching platform.

  17. 影响电击除颤效果的因素分析%Influential Factors of Defibrillation in Patients with Ventricular Fibrillation

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    马承君; 马哲; 马永才; 白岩松; 韩图亚

    2011-01-01

    目的 分析影响心室颤动(VF)电击除颤效果的因素,提高VF的救治质量.方法 对本院2001年1月至2010年1月收治的VF患者206例进行分析,比较电击除颤成功组与失败组年龄、VF持续时间、VF振幅、VF频率、除颤次数、胺碘酮用量、肾上腺素用量.结果 VF电击除颤成功组与失败组在年龄、除颤次数上比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).在VF振幅、VF 频率、VF持续时间、胺碘酮、肾上腺素用量方面比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 VF振幅、频率及持续时间决定电击除颤时机,正确把握才能保证电击除颤效果.合理应用胺碘酮、肾上腺素可以提高电击除颤成功率.%Objective To analyze several factors of defibrillation in the patients with ventricular fibrillation ( VF ). Methods 206 VF cases on our hospital from Janaury 2001 to Janaury 2010 were analyzed. VF duration, VF amplitude, VF frequency, the number of defibrillation, dosage of amiodarone and adrenaline was compared between success and failure group of VF. Results There was no significant difference in age and number of previous defibrillation between the two groups ( P > 0.05 ). There was significant difference in VF amplitude, VF frequency, VF duration, dosage of amiodarone and adrenaline ( P < 0.05 ). Conclusions The achievement of defibrillation was related to amplitude ,frequency and duration of VF. The using of amiodarone and epinephrine properly can improve the success rate of defibrillation.

  18. 除颤能量的合理选择%The logical choice for defibrillation energy

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    石宗华; 高传玉

    2012-01-01

    Objective Searching the right defibrillation (DF) energy so that lessening DF injury for patients in the base of no reducing success rate of DF, and benefiting better therapy for patients of CPR success. Methods The type of DF instrument is biphasic truncated exponential waveform (BTE). We Routinely note DF waveform of 93 cases needing emergent DF because of fast deadly arrhythmia in Critical - care medicine( CCM) of our hospital before each DF from Jan 2007 to Jan 2012, and choose 5 s waveform before DF as studying object. Then we systematically review and analyze DF energy, waveform of fast deadly arrhythmia, success rate of DF, and search for the relations of them. Results ①For no VF - fast deadly arrhythmia, we should choose 150 J for DF. The success rate of DF is very high, almost 100%. ②Frequency and amplitude of vibration of VF waveform take obviously on a relation of positive correlation. With time prolonging of VF, they fast synchronously become small. When frequency of VF isnt more than 200 bpm, or amplitude of vibration of VF not more than 0. 2 mV, the success rate of DF for 150 J and 200 J all is very low, and it hasn't statistics difference between two groups. And in frequency 400 ~ 500 bpm and > 500 bpm two groups or amplitude of vibration 0. 6 ~ 1. 0 mV and > 1. 0 mV two groups, the success rates of DF for 150 J and 200 J all are very high, and they have not statistics difference between two groups. Only when frequency of VF is among 200 ~ 400 bpm or amplitude of vibration of VF is among 0.2 ~ 0. 6 mV. The success rate of DF for 150 J and 200 J has statistics difference(P 400 bpm or amplitude of vibration of VF >0.6 mV, we should first choose 150 J for immediate DF. As frequency of VF among 200 ~400 bpm or amplitude of vibration of VF among 0. 2 ~0. 6 mV, we should first choose 200J for immediate DF.%目的 探求合适的除颤(DF)能量,以期在不降低DF成功率的前提下,尽量减少DF对患者的损伤,利于心肺复苏(CPR)成功后

  19. World-wide distribution automation systems

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    Devaney, T.M.

    1994-12-31

    A worldwide power distribution automation system is outlined. Distribution automation is defined and the status of utility automation is discussed. Other topics discussed include a distribution management system, substation feeder, and customer functions, potential benefits, automation costs, planning and engineering considerations, automation trends, databases, system operation, computer modeling of system, and distribution management systems.

  20. AUTOMATED API TESTING APPROACH

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    SUNIL L. BANGARE

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Software testing is an investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the product or service under test. With the help of software testing we can verify or validate the software product. Normally testing will be done after development of software but we can perform the software testing at the time of development process also. This paper will give you a brief introduction about Automated API Testing Tool. This tool of testing will reduce lots of headache after the whole development of software. It saves time as well as money. Such type of testing is helpful in the Industries & Colleges also.

  1. Automated radioimmunoassay of nicotine

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    The authors have developed an automated nonequilibrium procedure for the radioimmunoassay of nicotine. The use of a unique iodinated nicotine derivative in this procedure gave a sensitivity of 10 μg/l for nicotine with a between-run precision of 7.4% and within-run precision of 6.0%. Nicotine levels of 60 to 67 μg/l were found in subjects 15 min after smoking one standard cigarette. The technique herein reported is a very rapid, and sensitive radioimmunoassay for nicotine and facilitates the determination of nicotine in smoking subjects during the actual process of smoking. (Auth.)

  2. Automated Motivic Analysis

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    Lartillot, Olivier

    2016-01-01

    Motivic analysis provides very detailed understanding of musical composi- tions, but is also particularly difficult to formalize and systematize. A computational automation of the discovery of motivic patterns cannot be reduced to a mere extraction of all possible sequences of descriptions....... The systematic approach inexorably leads to a proliferation of redundant structures that needs to be addressed properly. Global filtering techniques cause a drastic elimination of interesting structures that damages the quality of the analysis. On the other hand, a selection of closed patterns allows...

  3. Mechatronic Design Automation

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    Fan, Zhun

    This book proposes a novel design method that combines both genetic programming (GP) to automatically explore the open-ended design space and bond graphs (BG) to unify design representations of multi-domain Mechatronic systems. Results show that the method, formally called GPBG method, can...... successfully design analogue filters, vibration absorbers, micro-electro-mechanical systems, and vehicle suspension systems, all in an automatic or semi-automatic way. It also investigates the very important issue of co-designing plant-structures and dynamic controllers in automated design of Mechatronic...

  4. An Experimental Study on Myocardial Injury From Low Energy Defibrillation.%低能量心脏除颤心肌损伤的实验研究

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    高蕴雅; 龚镇楠; 朱伯良; 张觉先; 孙友法; 方祖祥; 石镭; 戚文航; 王志刚

    2001-01-01

    在13只犬的低能量心脏除颤实验中,应用病理检查、除颤心电图记录以及除颤前后肌酸磷酸激酶及其同工酶(CPK和CPK-MB)测定三种方法探测心肌损伤。肉眼观察和显微镜检查见到5只犬(除颤7~21次,能量10~40 J)电极处心脏轻度充血,2只犬(除颤9~20次,能量20~50 J)心肌苍白、心内膜附有血栓,6只犬(除颤7~29次,能量10~60 J)心内膜水肿、血栓形成、局部心肌断裂和退行性变、心肌间质出血等病理变化。记录到4只犬(除颤8~24次,能量20~50 J)除颤放电后ST段压低或ST段抬高心电图波形。测得2只犬(除颤10~19次,能量5~40J)除颤后CPK和CPK-MB有轻度升高(1只CPK由104升至110 IU,另1只CPK-MB由47.1升至60.9 IU)。本实验提示:低能量心脏除颤可导致心肌损伤;损伤可能由热和电等因素造成;损伤程度与除颤能量和除颤脉冲间隔时间等因素有关;损伤范围为局灶性且可能愈合。%During low energy defibrillation experiments in 13 dogs,three methods for the detection of myocardial injury were used:pathologic examination,defibrillation electrocardiogram recording,and creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and CPK-MB determination before and after defibrillation.In visual observation and microscopic examination,5 dogs (7~21 shocks,10~40 J) showed slight hyperemia in the area around electrodes,2 dogs (9~20 shocks,20~50 J) showed pale myocardium,and endocardium with thrombi.Also,pathologic changes including endocardial edema,thrombosis,localized fragmentation of myocardium and retrograde changes,and myocardial interstitial hemorrhage were found in 6 dogs (7~29 shocks,10~60 J).ST-T segment changes in electrocardiographic patterns were recorded after defibrillation charges in 4 dogs(8~24 shocks,20~50 J).CPK and CPK-MB showed slight elevation in 2 dogs (10~19 shocks ,5~40 J) after receiving defibrillation shocks,with CPK elevated from

  5. Impact of shocks on mortality in patients with ischemic or dilated cardiomyopathy and defibrillators implanted for primary prevention.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Emerging interest is seen in the paradox of defibrillator shocks for ventricular tachyarrhythmia and increased mortality risk. Particularly in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, the prognostic importance of shocks is unclear. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome after shocks in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM or DCM and defibrillators (ICD implanted for primary prevention. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data of 561 patients were analyzed (mean age 68.6±10.6 years, mean left ventricular ejection fraction 28.6±7.3%. During a median follow-up of 49.3 months, occurrence of device therapies and all-cause mortality were recorded. 74 out of 561 patients (13.2% experienced ≥1 appropriate and 51 out of 561 patients (9.1% ≥1 inappropriate shock. All-cause mortality was 24.2% (136 out of 561 subjects. Appropriate shock was associated with a trend to higher mortality in the overall patient population (HR 1.48, 95% CI 0.96-2.28, log rank p = 0.072. The effect was significant in ICM patients (HR 1.61, 95% CI 1.00-2.59, log rank p = 0.049 but not in DCM patients (HR 1.03, 95% CI 0.36-2.96, log rank p = 0.96. Appropriate shocks occurring before the median follow-up revealed a much stronger impact on mortality (HR for the overall patient population 2.12, 95% CI 1.24-3.63, p = 0.005. The effect was driven by ICM patients (HR 2.48, 95% CI 1.41-4.37, p = 0.001, as appropriate shocks again did not influence survival of DCM patients (HR 0.63, 95% CI 0.083-4.75, p = 0.65. Appropriate shocks occurring after the median follow-up and inappropriate shocks occurring at any time revealed no impact on survival in any of the groups (p = ns. CONCLUSION: Appropriate shocks are associated with reduced survival in patients with ICM but not in patients with DCM and ICDs implanted for primary prevention. Furthermore, the negative effect of appropriate shocks on survival in ICM patients is only evident within the

  6. Automated one-loop calculations with GOSAM

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    We present the program package GoSam which is designed for the automated calculation of one-loop amplitudes for multi-particle processes in renormalisable quantum field theories. The amplitudes, which are generated in terms of Feynman diagrams, can be reduced using either D-dimensional integrand-level decomposition or tensor reduction. GoSam can be used to calculate one-loop QCD and/or electroweak corrections to Standard Model processes and offers the flexibility to link model files for theories Beyond the Standard Model. A standard interface to programs calculating real radiation is also implemented. We demonstrate the flexibility of the program by presenting examples of processes with up to six external legs attached to the loop. (orig.)

  7. Automated one-loop calculations with GOSAM

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    Cullen, Gavin [Edinburgh Univ. (United Kingdom). School of Physics and Astronomy; Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany); Greiner, Nicolas [Illinois Univ., Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States). Dept. of Physics; Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Muenchen (Germany); Heinrich, Gudrun; Reiter, Thomas [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Muenchen (Germany); Luisoni, Gionata [Durham Univ. (United Kingdom). Inst. for Particle Physics Phenomenology; Mastrolia, Pierpaolo [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Muenchen (Germany); Padua Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica; Ossola, Giovanni [New York City Univ., NY (United States). New York City College of Technology; New York City Univ., NY (United States). The Graduate School and University Center; Tramontano, Francesco [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland)

    2011-11-15

    We present the program package GoSam which is designed for the automated calculation of one-loop amplitudes for multi-particle processes in renormalisable quantum field theories. The amplitudes, which are generated in terms of Feynman diagrams, can be reduced using either D-dimensional integrand-level decomposition or tensor reduction. GoSam can be used to calculate one-loop QCD and/or electroweak corrections to Standard Model processes and offers the flexibility to link model files for theories Beyond the Standard Model. A standard interface to programs calculating real radiation is also implemented. We demonstrate the flexibility of the program by presenting examples of processes with up to six external legs attached to the loop. (orig.)

  8. Maneuver Automation Software

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    Uffelman, Hal; Goodson, Troy; Pellegrin, Michael; Stavert, Lynn; Burk, Thomas; Beach, David; Signorelli, Joel; Jones, Jeremy; Hahn, Yungsun; Attiyah, Ahlam; Illsley, Jeannette

    2009-01-01

    The Maneuver Automation Software (MAS) automates the process of generating commands for maneuvers to keep the spacecraft of the Cassini-Huygens mission on a predetermined prime mission trajectory. Before MAS became available, a team of approximately 10 members had to work about two weeks to design, test, and implement each maneuver in a process that involved running many maneuver-related application programs and then serially handing off data products to other parts of the team. MAS enables a three-member team to design, test, and implement a maneuver in about one-half hour after Navigation has process-tracking data. MAS accepts more than 60 parameters and 22 files as input directly from users. MAS consists of Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL) scripts that link, sequence, and execute the maneuver- related application programs: "Pushing a single button" on a graphical user interface causes MAS to run navigation programs that design a maneuver; programs that create sequences of commands to execute the maneuver on the spacecraft; and a program that generates predictions about maneuver performance and generates reports and other files that enable users to quickly review and verify the maneuver design. MAS can also generate presentation materials, initiate electronic command request forms, and archive all data products for future reference.

  9. Automated Test Case Generation

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    2015-01-01

    I would like to present the concept of automated test case generation. I work on it as part of my PhD and I think it would be interesting also for other people. It is also the topic of a workshop paper that I am introducing in Paris. (abstract below) Please note that the talk itself would be more general and not about the specifics of my PhD, but about the broad field of Automated Test Case Generation. I would introduce the main approaches (combinatorial testing, symbolic execution, adaptive random testing) and their advantages and problems. (oracle problem, combinatorial explosion, ...) Abstract of the paper: Over the last decade code-based test case generation techniques such as combinatorial testing or dynamic symbolic execution have seen growing research popularity. Most algorithms and tool implementations are based on finding assignments for input parameter values in order to maximise the execution branch coverage. Only few of them consider dependencies from outside the Code Under Test’s scope such...

  10. Automated digital magnetofluidics

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    Schneider, J; Garcia, A A; Marquez, M [Harrington Department of Bioengineering Arizona State University, Tempe AZ 85287-9709 (United States)], E-mail: tony.garcia@asu.edu

    2008-08-15

    Drops can be moved in complex patterns on superhydrophobic surfaces using a reconfigured computer-controlled x-y metrology stage with a high degree of accuracy, flexibility, and reconfigurability. The stage employs a DMC-4030 controller which has a RISC-based, clock multiplying processor with DSP functions, accepting encoder inputs up to 22 MHz, provides servo update rates as high as 32 kHz, and processes commands at rates as fast as 40 milliseconds. A 6.35 mm diameter cylindrical NdFeB magnet is translated by the stage causing water drops to move by the action of induced magnetization of coated iron microspheres that remain in the drop and are attracted to the rare earth magnet through digital magnetofluidics. Water drops are easily moved in complex patterns in automated digital magnetofluidics at an average speed of 2.8 cm/s over a superhydrophobic polyethylene surface created by solvent casting. With additional components, some potential uses for this automated microfluidic system include characterization of superhydrophobic surfaces, water quality analysis, and medical diagnostics.

  11. Automated Postediting of Documents

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    Knight, K; Knight, Kevin; Chander, Ishwar

    1994-01-01

    Large amounts of low- to medium-quality English texts are now being produced by machine translation (MT) systems, optical character readers (OCR), and non-native speakers of English. Most of this text must be postedited by hand before it sees the light of day. Improving text quality is tedious work, but its automation has not received much research attention. Anyone who has postedited a technical report or thesis written by a non-native speaker of English knows the potential of an automated postediting system. For the case of MT-generated text, we argue for the construction of postediting modules that are portable across MT systems, as an alternative to hardcoding improvements inside any one system. As an example, we have built a complete self-contained postediting module for the task of article selection (a, an, the) for English noun phrases. This is a notoriously difficult problem for Japanese-English MT. Our system contains over 200,000 rules derived automatically from online text resources. We report on l...

  12. Methods for quantifying environmental externalities

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    The quantification of environmental externalities is a complex and often subjective task. The difficulty of reliably expressing complex and uncertain relationships between environmental pollutants and the resulting damages and then expressing these damages in dollar costs, results in a wide divergence of opinions regarding the appropriate environmental externality values. Below is a review of the generally accepted methods for incorporating environmental externalities into the resource evaluation process and for quantifying environmental externalities in terms of monetary values. Environmental externalities are open-quotes the cost of environmental damages caused by a project or activity for which compensation to affected parties does not occur.close-quote (Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, 86-36-G, p. 77) An example of an environmental externality for the electric utility industry are the costs imposed on society of electric generating units uncontrolled (residual) emissions, e.g., the damage costs of acid rain caused by the sulfur dioxide emissions from Midwestern power plants. These costs are external since they are borne by society in general, not considered by the electric utilities in planning. Public awareness of the externality costs of acid rain has resulted in legislation requiring utilities to reduce their sulfur dioxide emissions and will cause electric utilities to reflect cost in their planning and in overall costs of electricity. Environmental externalities can be incorporated into utilities' resource planning processes in several ways. Two methods receiving the most attention are a weighting and ranking approach and the monetization of externalities, i.e., the expression of externality values in dollars. The monetization approach is more complex and has received wider acceptance from regulators. Consequently, this discussion focuses primarily on methods for monetizing externalities

  13. Increased Automation in Stereo Camera Calibration Techniques

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    Full Text Available Robotic vision has become a very popular field in recent years due to the numerous promising applications it may enhance. However, errors within the cameras and in their perception of their environment can cause applications in robotics to fail. To help correct these internal and external imperfections, stereo camera calibrations are performed. There are currently many accurate methods of camera calibration available; however, most or all of them are time consuming and labor intensive. This research seeks to automate the most labor intensive aspects of a popular calibration technique developed by Jean-Yves Bouguet. His process requires manual selection of the extreme corners of a checkerboard pattern. The modified process uses embedded LEDs in the checkerboard pattern to act as active fiducials. Images are captured of the checkerboard with the LEDs on and off in rapid succession. The difference of the two images automatically highlights the location of the four extreme corners, and these corner locations take the place of the manual selections. With this modification to the calibration routine, upwards of eighty mouse clicks are eliminated per stereo calibration. Preliminary test results indicate that accuracy is not substantially affected by the modified procedure. Improved automation to camera calibration procedures may finally penetrate the barriers to the use of calibration in practice.

  14. Testing automation of projects in telecommunication domain

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    Alexey, Veselov; Vsevolod, Kotlyarov

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents an integrated approach to testing automation of telecommunication projects along with proposals to automation of conformance testing. The underlying idea is to benefit from combining formal verification and testing automation techniques in order to improve product quality.

  15. The ExternE project: methodology, objectives and limitations

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    This paper presents a summary of recent studies on external costs of energy systems, in particular the ExternE (External Costs of Energy) Project of the European Commission. To evaluate the impact and damage cost of a pollutant, one needs to carry out an impact pathway analysis; this involves the calculation of increased pollutant concentrations in all affected regions due to an incremental emission (e.g. μg/m3 of particles, using models of atmospheric dispersion and chemistry), followed by the calculation of physical impacts (e.g. number of cases of asthma due to these particles, using a dose-response function). The entire so-called fuel chain (or fuel cycle) is evaluated and compared on the basis of delivered end use energy. Even though the uncertainties are large, the results provide substantial evidence that the classical air pollutants (particles, NOx and SOx) from the combustion of fossil fuels impose a heavy toll, in addition to the cost of global warming. The external costs are especially large for coal; even for 'good current technology' they may be comparable to the price of electricity. For natural gas the external costs are about a third to a half of coal. The external costs of nuclear are small compared to the price of electricity (at most a few %), and so are the external costs of most renewable energy systems. (authors)

  16. Automated Methods of Corrosion Measurements

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    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov

    . Mechanical control, recording, and data processing must therefore be automated to a high level of precision and reliability. These general techniques and the apparatus involved have been described extensively. The automated methods of such high-resolution microscopy coordinated with computerized...

  17. Opening up Library Automation Software

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    Breeding, Marshall

    2009-01-01

    Throughout the history of library automation, the author has seen a steady advancement toward more open systems. In the early days of library automation, when proprietary systems dominated, the need for standards was paramount since other means of inter-operability and data exchange weren't possible. Today's focus on Application Programming…

  18. Automation, Performance and International Competition

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    Kromann, Lene; Sørensen, Anders

    productivity growth than other firms. Moreover, automation improves the efficiency of all stages of the production process by reducing setup time, run time, and inspection time and increasing uptime and quantity produced per worker. The efficiency improvement varies by type of automation....

  19. Automated separation for heterogeneous immunoassays

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    Truchaud, A.; Barclay, J; Yvert, J. P.; Capolaghi, B.

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    Beside general requirements for modern automated systems, immunoassay automation involves specific requirements as a separation step for heterogeneous immunoassays. Systems are designed according to the solid phase selected: dedicated or open robots for coated tubes and wells, systems nearly similar to chemistry analysers in the case of magnetic particles, and a completely original design for those using porous and film materials.

  20. Automated Test-Form Generation

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    van der Linden, Wim J.; Diao, Qi

    2011-01-01

    In automated test assembly (ATA), the methodology of mixed-integer programming is used to select test items from an item bank to meet the specifications for a desired test form and optimize its measurement accuracy. The same methodology can be used to automate the formatting of the set of selected items into the actual test form. Three different…

  1. Automated Methods Of Corrosion Measurements

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    Bech-Nielsen, Gregers; Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Reeve, John Ch;

    1997-01-01

    The chapter describes the following automated measurements: Corrosion Measurements by Titration, Imaging Corrosion by Scanning Probe Microscopy, Critical Pitting Temperature and Application of the Electrochemical Hydrogen Permeation Cell.......The chapter describes the following automated measurements: Corrosion Measurements by Titration, Imaging Corrosion by Scanning Probe Microscopy, Critical Pitting Temperature and Application of the Electrochemical Hydrogen Permeation Cell....

  2. An Automated Negotiation-based Framework via Multi-Agent System for the Construction Domain

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    Moamin Mahmoud; Mohd. Sharifuddin Ahmad; Mohd Zaliman Yuso; Arazi Idrus

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose an automated multi-agent negotiation framework for decision making in the construction domain. It enables software agents to conduct negotiations and autonomously make decisions. The proposed framework consists of two types of components, internal and external. Internal components are integrated into the agent architecture while the external components are blended within the environment to facilitate the negotiation process. The internal components are negotiation al...

  3. Characteristics associated with low treatment satisfaction in patients with implanted cardioverter defibrillators: results from the LICAD study.

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    Ladwig, Karl-Heinz; Deisenhofer, Isabelle; Simon, Heidi; Schmitt, Claus; Baumert, Jens J

    2005-06-01

    The evaluation of low treatment satisfaction (LTS) with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) remains a neglected area of clinical research. However, a trustful attitude toward an ICD is crucial. Within the scope of ICD health technology assessment, we searched for predictors of LTS. Of 195 ICD patients enrolled (mean 59.8 years, standard deviation 12.6), 163 (83.6%) were men and 26 (16.4%) were women. We measured anxiety, helplessness, and depression with standardized instruments and LTS with 11 dichotomous items concerning a mistrustful attitude, a negative body image, and low appraisal. A total of 47 (24.1%) patients were considered as LTS patients. Multivariate logistic regression was used for assessment of LTS. Adjusted for age and survey, LTS was significantly more prevalent in depressed, anxious, and phobic patients. Multivariate logistic regression including medical and psychological covariates revealed the experience of > or =5 shocks with an odds ratio (OR) of 10.17 (95% CI 3.57-29.00, P effect on LTS. Age, educational status, and depression were not significant. LTS patients required more support for living with the ICD (P < or = 0.001). Thus, LTS serves as surrogate measure for deteriorated psychic health. Clinicians should be advised to identify LTS patients and to consider psychotherapeutic counseling for them. PMID:15955182

  4. A pilot study of a mindfulness based stress reduction program in adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators or pacemakers.

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    Freedenberg, Vicki A; Thomas, Sue A; Friedmann, Erika

    2015-04-01

    Adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) or pacemakers (PMs) face unique challenges that can cause psychosocial distress. Psychosocial interventions are effective for adults with cardiac devices and could potentially impact adolescents' adjustment to these devices. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a structured psycho-educational program that includes meditation, yoga, and group support and has been studied extensively among adults. This study examined the feasibility of the MBSR program for adolescents with ICDs/PMs, a population previously unexamined in the research literature. The participants completed measures of anxiety and depression (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) and coping (Responses to Stress Questionnaire) at baseline and after the six-session MBSR intervention. Mean age of the cohort (n = 10) was 15 ± 3 years, 6 were male, 6 had a PM, and 4 had an ICD. Feasibility was demonstrated by successful recruitment of 10 participants, 100 % participation and completion. Anxiety decreased significantly following the intervention, with a large effect size, t[9] = 3.67, p depression (r = -.88, p = .001). Post-intervention, the group independently formed their own Facebook group and requested to continue meeting monthly. Although generalizability is limited due to the small sample size, this successful pilot study paves the way for larger studies to examine the efficacy of MBSR interventions in adolescents with high-risk cardiac diagnoses. PMID:25519914

  5. Tachyarrhythmia Cycle Length in Appropriate versus Inappropriate Defibrillator Shocks in Brugada Syndrome, Early Repolarization Syndrome, or Idiopathic Ventricular Fibrillation

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    Lee, Woo Seok; Kwon, Chang-Hee; Choi, Jin Hee; Jo, Uk; Kim, Yoo Ri; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Choi, Kee-Joon; Kim, You-Ho

    2016-01-01

    Background and Objectives Implantable cardioverter–defibrillators (ICDs) are indicated in patients with Brugada syndrome (BS), early repolarization syndrome (ERS), or idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (IVF) who are at high risk for sudden cardiac death. The optimal ICD programming for reducing inappropriate shocks in these patients remains to be determined. We investigated the difference in the mean cycle length of tachyarrhythmias that activated either appropriate or inappropriate ICD shocks in these three patient groups to determine the optimal ventricular fibrillation (VF) zone for minimizing inappropriate ICD shocks. Subjects and Methods We selected 41 patients (35 men) (mean age±standard deviation=42.6±13.0 year) who received ICD shocks between April 1996 and April 2014 to treat BS (n=24), ERS (n=9), or IVF (n=8). Clinical and ICD interrogation data were retrospectively collected and analyzed for all events with ICD shocks. Results Of the 244 episodes, 180 (73.8%) shocks were appropriate and 64 (26.2%) were inappropriate. The mean cycle lengths of the tachyarrhythmias that activated appropriate and inappropriate shocks were 178.9±28.7 ms and 284.8±24.4 ms, respectively (pIVF could reduce inappropriate ICD shocks, with a low risk of missing appropriate shocks. PMID:27014348

  6. Effect of age on survival and causes of death after primary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation.

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    Fauchier, Laurent; Marijon, Eloi; Defaye, Pascal; Piot, Olivier; Sadoul, Nicolas; Perier, Marie-Cecile; Gras, Daniel; Klug, Didier; Algalarrondo, Vincent; Bordachar, Pierre; Deharo, Jean-Claude; Leclercq, Christophe; Babuty, Dominique; Boveda, Serge

    2015-05-15

    The benefit of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) remains controversial in elderly patients and may be attenuated by a greater risk of nonarrhythmic death. We examined the effect of age on outcomes after prophylactic ICD implantation. All patients with coronary artery disease or dilated cardiomyopathy implanted with an ICD for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death in 12 French medical centers were included in a retrospective observational study. The 5,534 ICD recipients were divided according to age: 18 to 59 years (n = 2,139), 60 to 74 years (n = 2,693), and ≥75 years (n = 702). Greater prevalences of coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation at the time of implant were observed with increasing age (both p 75 years). Proportions of cardiac deaths (55.2%, 57.6%, and 57.0%, p = 0.84), including ICD-unresponsive sudden death (9.9%, 6.0%, and 10.6%, p = 0.08), and rates of appropriate ICD therapies were similar in the 3 age groups. Older age was independently associated with a higher rate of early complications and a lower rate of inappropriate therapies. In conclusion, older patients exhibited higher global mortality after ICD implantation for primary prevention, whereas rates of sudden deaths and of appropriate device therapies were similar across age groups. PMID:25784518

  7. Investigation of Pt, Ti, TiN, and nano-porous carbon electrodes for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator applications

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    Norlin, A.; Pan, J.; Leygraf, C

    2004-09-15

    The electrochemical behavior and stability of Pt, Ti, TiN, and nano-porous carbon for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) electrode application were investigated in a phosphate buffered saline solution. The electrochemical interfacial properties were examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and the potential and current response during ICD shock pulses were recorded by a digital oscilloscope. Changes in surface composition and structure were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and environmental scanning electron microscopy. When exposed to anodic 700 V shock pulses with duration of 10 ms, only Pt was stable, nano-porous carbon electrode was slightly attacked, whereas Ti and TiN electrodes suffered severe degradation. Upon cathodic shock pulsing, all the materials were stable, but Ti and TiN electrodes with a smooth surface showed evidence of hydrogen adsorption. Porous and rough electrodes produced less gas evolution compared to a smooth surfaces, due to a higher amount of charge transferred through non-Faradaic processes. The reason for this could be higher interfacial capacity due to the large surface area.

  8. Symbolic Dynamics Analysis of Short Data Sets: an Application to Heart Rate Variability from Implantable Defibrillator Devices

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    Zebrowski, Jan J.; Baranowski, Rafal; Przybylski, Andrzej

    2003-07-01

    A method is described for the assessment of the complexity of short data sets by nonlinear dynamics. The method was devised for and tested on human heart rate recordings approximately 2000 to 9000 RR intervals long which were extracted from the memory of implantable defibrillator devices (ICD). It is, however, applicable in a more general context. The ICDs are meant to control life-threatening episodes of ventricular tachycardia and/or ventricular fibrillation by applying a electric shock to the heart through intracardiac electrodes. It is well known that conventional ICD algorithms yield approximately 20--30 % of spurious interventions. The main aim of this work is to look for nonlinear dynamics methods to enhance the appropriateness of the ICD intervention. We first showed that nonlinear dynamics methods first applied to 24-hour heart rate variability analysis were able to detect the need for the ICD intervention. To be applicable to future ICD use, the methods must also be low in computational requirements. Methods to analyse the complexity of the short and non-stationary sets were devised. We calculated the Shannon entropy of symbolic words obtained in a sliding 50 beat window and analysed the dependence of this complexity measure on the time. Precursors were found extending much earlier time than the time the standard ICD algorithms span.

  9. The Power of Exercise-Induced T-wave Alternans to Predict Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients with Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator

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    Laura Burattini

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The power of exercise-induced T-wave alternans (TWA to predict the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias was evaluated in 67 patients with an implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD. During the 4-year follow-up, electrocardiographic (ECG tracings were recorded in a bicycle ergometer test with increasing workload ranging from zero (NoWL to the patient's maximal capacity (MaxWL. After the follow-up, patients were classified as either ICD_Cases (n = 29, if developed ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation, or ICD_Controls (n = 38. TWA was quantified using our heart-rate adaptive match filter. Compared to NoWL, MaxWL was characterized by faster heart rates and higher TWA in both ICD_Cases (12-18 μ V vs. 20-39 μ V; P < 0.05 and ICD_Controls (9-15 μ V vs. 20-32 μ V; P < 0.05. Still, TWA was able to discriminate the two ICD groups during NoWL (sensitivity = 59-83%, specificity = 53-84% but not MaxWL (sensitivity = 55-69%, specificity = 39-74%. Thus, this retrospective observational case-control study suggests that TWA's predictive power for the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias could increase at low heart rates.

  10. Predictors of appropriate therapy in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death

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    Dennis W. Zhu

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate predictors of appropriate therapy in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death. A retrospective cohort of 321 patients with systolic heart failure undergoing ICD placement for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death was queried with a mean follow-up period of 2.6 years. Appropriate ICD therapy was defined as therapy delivered for termination of a ventricular tachyarrhythmia. Appropriate ICD therapy was delivered in 142 (44% of the patients. In a multivariate model, body mass index ≥28.8 kg/m2 , chronic kidney disease, left ventricular ejection fraction ≤20% and metabolic syndrome were found to be independent predictors of appropriate ICD therapy. Appropriate ICD therapy was associated with higher cardiovascular mortality. These findings show the importance of identification of risk factors, especially metabolic syndrome, in patients following ICD implantation as aggressive treatment of these co-morbidities may decrease appropriate ICD therapy and cardiovascular mortality.

  11. The use of wearable cardioverter-defibrillators in Europe: results of the European Heart Rhythm Association survey.

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    Lenarczyk, Radosław; Potpara, Tatjana S; Haugaa, Kristina H; Hernández-Madrid, Antonio; Sciaraffia, Elena; Dagres, Nikolaos

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) survey was to collect data on the use of wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCDs) among members of the EHRA electrophysiology research network. Of the 50 responding centres, 23 (47%) reported WCD use. Devices were fully reimbursed in 17 (43.6%) of 39 respondents, and partially reimbursed in 3 centres (7.7%). Eleven out of 20 centres (55%) reported acceptable patients' compliance (WCD worn for >90% of time). The most common indications for WCD (8 out of 10 centres; 80%) were covering the period until re-implantation of ICD explanted due to infection, in patients with left ventricular impairment due to myocarditis or recent myocardial infarction and those awaiting heart transplantation. Patient life expectancy of success rate in terminating ventricular arrhythmias was 95-100% in 6 of 15 centres (40%), 85-95% in 4 (26.7%), 75-85% in 2 (13.3%), and definition of indications for WCD in specific patient groups. PMID:26842735

  12. ExternE transport methodology for external cost evaluation of air pollution

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    The report describes how the human exposure estimates based on NERI's human exposure modelling system (AirGIS) can improve the Danish data used for exposure factors in the ExternE Transport methodology. Initially, a brief description of the ExternE Tranport methodology is given and it is summarised...... how the methodology has been applied so far in a previous Danish study. Finally, results of a case study are reported. Exposure factors have been calculated for various urban categories in the Greater Copenhagen Area...

  13. Automated Standard Hazard Tool

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    Stebler, Shane

    2014-01-01

    The current system used to generate standard hazard reports is considered cumbersome and iterative. This study defines a structure for this system's process in a clear, algorithmic way so that standard hazard reports and basic hazard analysis may be completed using a centralized, web-based computer application. To accomplish this task, a test server is used to host a prototype of the tool during development. The prototype is configured to easily integrate into NASA's current server systems with minimal alteration. Additionally, the tool is easily updated and provides NASA with a system that may grow to accommodate future requirements and possibly, different applications. Results of this project's success are outlined in positive, subjective reviews complete by payload providers and NASA Safety and Mission Assurance personnel. Ideally, this prototype will increase interest in the concept of standard hazard automation and lead to the full-scale production of a user-ready application.

  14. Expedition automated flow fluorometer

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    Krikun, V. A.; Salyuk, P. A.

    2015-11-01

    This paper describes an apparatus and operation of automated flow-through dual-channel fluorometer for studying the fluorescence of dissolved organic matter, and the fluorescence of phytoplankton cells with open and closed reaction centers in sea areas with oligotrophic and eutrophic water type. The step-by step excitation by two semiconductor lasers or two light-emitting diodes is realized in the current device. The excitation wavelengths are 405nm and 532nm in the default configuration. Excitation radiation of each light source can be changed with different durations, intensities and repetition rate. Registration of the fluorescence signal carried out by two photo-multipliers with different optical filters of 580-600 nm and 680-700 nm band pass diapasons. The configuration of excitation sources and spectral diapasons of registered radiation can be changed due to decided tasks.

  15. Robust automated knowledge capture.

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    Stevens-Adams, Susan Marie; Abbott, Robert G.; Forsythe, James Chris; Trumbo, Michael Christopher Stefan; Haass, Michael Joseph; Hendrickson, Stacey M. Langfitt

    2011-10-01

    This report summarizes research conducted through the Sandia National Laboratories Robust Automated Knowledge Capture Laboratory Directed Research and Development project. The objective of this project was to advance scientific understanding of the influence of individual cognitive attributes on decision making. The project has developed a quantitative model known as RumRunner that has proven effective in predicting the propensity of an individual to shift strategies on the basis of task and experience related parameters. Three separate studies are described which have validated the basic RumRunner model. This work provides a basis for better understanding human decision making in high consequent national security applications, and in particular, the individual characteristics that underlie adaptive thinking.

  16. Berkeley automated supernova search

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    The Berkeley automated supernova search employs a computer controlled 36-inch telescope and charge coupled device (CCD) detector to image 2500 galaxies per night. A dedicated minicomputer compares each galaxy image with stored reference data to identify supernovae in real time. The threshold for detection is m/sub v/ = 18.8. We plan to monitor roughly 500 galaxies in Virgo and closer every night, and an additional 6000 galaxies out to 70 Mpc on a three night cycle. This should yield very early detection of several supernovae per year for detailed study, and reliable premaximum detection of roughly 100 supernovae per year for statistical studies. The search should be operational in mid-1982

  17. Automated synthetic scene generation

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    Physics-based simulations generate synthetic imagery to help organizations anticipate system performance of proposed remote sensing systems. However, manually constructing synthetic scenes which are sophisticated enough to capture the complexity of real-world sites can take days to months depending on the size of the site and desired fidelity of the scene. This research, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors Directorate, successfully developed an automated approach to fuse high-resolution RGB imagery, lidar data, and hyperspectral imagery and then extract the necessary scene components. The method greatly reduces the time and money required to generate realistic synthetic scenes and developed new approaches to improve material identification using information from all three of the input datasets.

  18. Automated Electrostatics Environmental Chamber

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    Calle, Carlos; Lewis, Dean C.; Buchanan, Randy K.; Buchanan, Aubri

    2005-01-01

    The Mars Electrostatics Chamber (MEC) is an environmental chamber designed primarily to create atmospheric conditions like those at the surface of Mars to support experiments on electrostatic effects in the Martian environment. The chamber is equipped with a vacuum system, a cryogenic cooling system, an atmospheric-gas replenishing and analysis system, and a computerized control system that can be programmed by the user and that provides both automation and options for manual control. The control system can be set to maintain steady Mars-like conditions or to impose temperature and pressure variations of a Mars diurnal cycle at any given season and latitude. In addition, the MEC can be used in other areas of research because it can create steady or varying atmospheric conditions anywhere within the wide temperature, pressure, and composition ranges between the extremes of Mars-like and Earth-like conditions.

  19. [From automation to robotics].

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    The introduction of automation into the laboratory of biology seems to be unavoidable. But at which cost, if it is necessary to purchase a new machine for every new application? Fortunately the same image processing techniques, belonging to a theoretic framework called Mathematical Morphology, may be used in visual inspection tasks, both in car industry and in the biology lab. Since the market for industrial robotics applications is much higher than the market of biomedical applications, the price of image processing devices drops, and becomes sometimes less than the price of a complete microscope equipment. The power of the image processing methods of Mathematical Morphology will be illustrated by various examples, as automatic silver grain counting in autoradiography, determination of HLA genotype, electrophoretic gels analysis, automatic screening of cervical smears... Thus several heterogeneous applications may share the same image processing device, provided there is a separate and devoted work station for each of them. PMID:4091303

  20. Automating the multiprocessing environment

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    Arpasi, Dale J.

    1989-01-01

    An approach to automate the programming and operation of tree-structured networks of multiprocessor systems is discussed. A conceptual, knowledge-based operating environment is presented, and requirements for two major technology elements are identified as follows: (1) An intelligent information translator is proposed for implementating information transfer between dissimilar hardware and software, thereby enabling independent and modular development of future systems and promoting a language-independence of codes and information; (2) A resident system activity manager, which recognizes the systems capabilities and monitors the status of all systems within the environment, is proposed for integrating dissimilar systems into effective parallel processing resources to optimally meet user needs. Finally, key computational capabilities which must be provided before the environment can be realized are identified.

  1. Retrofitting Systems for External Walls

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    Rose, Jørgen

    1997-01-01

    In this report, 9 different external and internal retrofitting systems are analyzed using numerical calculations. The analysis focuses on the thermal bridge effects in the different systems, and on this basis it is discussed whether internal or external retrofitting has the most advantages. The...... different systems are evaluated using 5 different types of existing walls....

  2. An overview of environmental externalities

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    This paper describes the purpose of the conference on environmental externalities and provides illustrations and examples of incorporating these costs into the utility planning process. The topics of the paper include internalization, externalities, resistance to incorporation, reasons why they should be incorporated, and mechanisms for incorporation

  3. External coating of colonic anastomoses

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    Pommergaard, Hans-Christian; Achiam, Michael Patrick; Rosenberg, Jacob

    2012-01-01

    Colon anastomotic leakage remains both a frequent and serious complication in gastrointestinal surgery. External coating of colonic anastomoses has been proposed as a means to lower the rate of this complication. The aim of this review was to evaluate existing studies on external coating of colonic...

  4. Matching Games with Additive Externalities

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    Branzei, Simina; Michalak, Tomasz; Rahwan, Talal;

    2012-01-01

    fully expressive representations of externalities in matchings require exponential space, in this paper we propose a compact model of externalities, in which the influence of a match on each agent is computed additively. In this framework, we analyze many-to-many and one-to-one matchings under neutral...

  5. Application of declarative modeling approaches for external events

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    Probabilistic Safety Assessments (PSAs) are increasingly being used as a tool for supporting the acceptability of design, procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance activities at Nuclear Power Plants. Since the issuance of Generic Letter 88-20 and subsequent IPE/IPEEE assessments, the NRC has issued several Regulatory Guides such as RG 1.174 to describe the use of PSA in risk-informed regulation activities. Most PSA have the capability to address internal events including internal floods. As the more demands are being placed for using the PSA to support risk-informed applications, there has been a growing need to integrate other eternal events (Seismic, Fire, etc.) into the logic models. Most external events involve spatial dependencies and usually impact the logic models at the component level. Therefore, manual insertion of external events impacts into a complex integrated fault tree model may be too cumbersome for routine uses of the PSA. Within the past year, a declarative modeling approach has been developed to automate the injection of external events into the PSA. The intent of this paper is to introduce the concept of declarative modeling in the context of external event applications. A declarative modeling approach involves the definition of rules for injection of external event impacts into the fault tree logic. A software tool such as the EPRI's XInit program can be used to interpret the pre-defined rules and automatically inject external event elements into the PSA. The injection process can easily be repeated, as required, to address plant changes, sensitivity issues, changes in boundary conditions, etc. External event elements may include fire initiating events, seismic initiating events, seismic fragilities, fire-induced hot short events, special human failure events, etc. This approach has been applied at a number of US nuclear power plants including a nuclear power plant in Romania. (authors)

  6. Cellular defibrillation: interaction of micro-scale electric fields with voltage-gated ion channels.

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    Kargol, Armin; Malkinski, Leszek; Eskandari, Rahmatollah; Carter, Maya; Livingston, Daniel

    2015-09-01

    We study the effect of micro-scale electric fields on voltage-gated ion channels in mammalian cell membranes. Such micro- and nano-scale electric fields mimic the effects of multiferroic nanoparticles that were recently proposed [1] as a novel way of controlling the function of voltage-sensing biomolecules such as ion channels. This article describes experimental procedures and initial results that reveal the effect of the electric field, in close proximity of cells, on the ion transport through voltage-gated ion channels. We present two configurations of the whole-cell patch-clamping apparatus that were used to detect the effect of external stimulation on ionic currents and discuss preliminary results that indicate modulation of the ionic currents consistent with the applied stimulus. PMID:26067055

  7. Automating the radiographic NDT process

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    Automation, the removal of the human element in inspection, has not been generally applied to film radiographic NDT. The justication for automating is not only productivity but also reliability of results. Film remains in the automated system of the future because of its extremely high image content, approximately 8 x 109 bits per 14 x 17. The equivalent to 2200 computer floppy discs. Parts handling systems and robotics applied for manufacturing and some NDT modalities, should now be applied to film radiographic NDT systems. Automatic film handling can be achieved with the daylight NDT film handling system. Automatic film processing is becoming the standard in industry and can be coupled to the daylight system. Robots offer the opportunity to automate fully the exposure step. Finally, computer aided interpretation appears on the horizon. A unit which laser scans a 14 x 17 (inch) film in 6 - 8 seconds can digitize film information for further manipulation and possible automatic interrogations (computer aided interpretation). The system called FDRS (for Film Digital Radiography System) is moving toward 50 micron (*approx* 16 lines/mm) resolution. This is believed to meet the need of the majority of image content needs. We expect the automated system to appear first in parts (modules) as certain operations are automated. The future will see it all come together in an automated film radiographic NDT system (author)

  8. Automating the radiographic ndt process

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    Automation, the removal of the human element in inspection, has not been generally applied to film radiographic NDT. The justification for automating is not only productivity but also reliability of results. Film remains in the automated system of the future because of its extremely high image content, approximately 8 x 109 bits per 14 x 17. This is equivalent to 2200 computer floppy discs. Parts handling systems and robotics applied for manufacturing and some NDT modalities, should now be applied to film radiographic NDT systems. Automatic film handling can be achieved with the daylight NDT film handling system. Automatic film processing is becoming the standard in industry and can be coupled to the daylight system. Robots offer the opportunity to automate fully the exposure step. Finally, computer aided interpretation appears on the horizon. A unit which laser scans a 14 x 17 inch film in 6 - 8 seconds can digitize film information for further manipulation and possible automatic interrogations (computer aided interpretation). The system called FDRS (for Film Digital Radiography System) is moving toward 50 micron (16 lines/mm) resolution. This is believed to meet the need of the majority of image content needs. We expect the automated system to appear first in separate parts (modules) as certain operations are automated. The future will see it all come together in an automated film radiographic NDT system

  9. The presence of resuscitation equipment and influencing factors at General Practitioners' offices in Denmark

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    Niegsch, Mark L; Krarup, Nikolaj T; Clausen, Niels Erikstrup

    2013-01-01

    Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have proven effective when used by GPs. Despite this and the latest guidelines from the European Resuscitation Council, there are no recommendations for Danish GPs regarding proper equipment to treat cardiac arrest. Currently, there are no published data on...

  10. Automated Fluid Interface System (AFIS)

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    1990-01-01

    Automated remote fluid servicing will be necessary for future space missions, as future satellites will be designed for on-orbit consumable replenishment. In order to develop an on-orbit remote servicing capability, a standard interface between a tanker and the receiving satellite is needed. The objective of the Automated Fluid Interface System (AFIS) program is to design, fabricate, and functionally demonstrate compliance with all design requirements for an automated fluid interface system. A description and documentation of the Fairchild AFIS design is provided.

  11. External costs related to power production technologies. ExternE national implementation for Denmark

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    The objective of the ExternE National Implementation project has been to establish a comprehensive and comparable set of data on externalities of power generation for all EU member states and Norway. The tasks include the application of the ExternE methodology to the most important fuel cycles for each country as well as to update the already existing results; to aggregate these site- and technology-specific results to more general figures. The current report covers the results of the national implementation for Denmark. Three different fuel cycles have been chosen as case studies. These are fuel cycles for an offshore wind farm and a wind farm on land, a decentralised CHP plant based on natural gas and a decentralised CHP plant based on biogas. The report covers all the details of the application of the methodology to these fuel cycles aggregation to a national level. (au) EU-JOULE 3. 59 tabs., 25 ills., 61 refs

  12. External costs related to power production technologies. ExternE national implementation for Denmark

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    Schleisner, L.; Sieverts Nielsen, P.

    1997-12-01

    The objective of the ExternE National Implementation project has been to establish a comprehensive and comparable set of data on externalities of power generation for all EU member states and Norway. The tasks include the application of the ExternE methodology to the most important fuel cycles for each country as well as to update the already existing results; to aggregate these site- and technology-specific results to more general figures. The current report covers the results of the national implementation for Denmark. Three different fuel cycles have been chosen as case studies. These are fuel cycles for an offshore wind farm and a wind farm on land, a decentralised CHP plant based on natural gas and a decentralised CHP plant based on biogas. The report covers all the details of the application of the methodology to these fuel cycles aggregation to a national level. (au) EU-JOULE 3. 59 tabs., 25 ills., 61 refs.

  13. Guidance for External Events Analysis

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    This Guidance for External Events Analysis was developed under a contract with the Nordic PSA Group, and aims at creating a common framework for analysis of external events as part of a nuclear power plant Probabilistic Safety Assessment. Thus, the purpose of this Guidance is to constitute a common methodological guidance for the analysis of external events at Nordic nuclear power plants. This will make it possible for the utilities to perform these analyses in a cost-efficient way, assuring simultaneously the quality of the analyses. The Guidance is meant to clarify the scope of the analysis of external events, to provide guidance for the performance of the analysis, and to help in defining, subcontracting and reviewing the work. The analysis procedure includes four phases, addressing project planning, identification of external events, screening of events, and probabilistic analysis. The aim is first to do as complete an identification of potential single and combined external events as possible. Thereafter, as many external events as possible are screened out as early as possible. The screening capability is increased during the project, using the continuously acquired information on the events and on their effects on the plant

  14. Collaboration between Service and R and D Organizations – Two Cases in Automation Industry

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    Full Text Available Industrial automation systems are long-lasting multi-technological systems that need industrial services in order to keep the system up-to-date and running smoothly. The Service organization needs to jointly work internally with R and D and externally with cu ...

  15. ESTIMATION OF EXTERNAL COSTS OF ELECTRICITY GENERATION USING EXTERNE MODEL

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    Molnar, Sandor; Debrecin, N.; Kovacevic, T; Molnar, Melinda

    2008-01-01

    The external costs of electricity generation can be characterised by the resulting social and environmental impacts. The most significant impacts are the air pollutions impact on health, built in environment, crops, forests, agricultural areas and on global warming. The primary impact considered is the air pollution’s effect on human health. The monetised value of the health impact, the external costs are calculated for two regional coal power plants, the effects are examined on the EU level ...

  16. External effects in Swiss hydropower

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    The article discusses the external costs and benefits of hydropower that are not internalised in normal book-keeping. Several negative and positive effects are discussed. The results of a study that addressed the difficult task of quantifying these external effects are presented. An assessment of the results gained shows that difficulties are to be met regarding system limits, methods of expressing the effects in monetary terms and ethical factors. The report also examines the consideration of external effects as a correction factor for falsified market prices for electricity

  17. Testing Analysis and Design Thinking of ECG Monitor Defibrillation%心电监护仪除颤测试分析及设计思路

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    魏红霞

    2016-01-01

    比较了心电监护的3个安全标准对除颤防护的要求,提出产品的设计思路,旨在帮助设计人员及测试人员更好地理解标准要求。%The requirements of ECG monitor defibrilation protection in three safety standards were compared, as wel as proposing design thinking of products, in order to help designers and test engineers to understand the safety requirements.

  18. 心电监护仪除颤测试分析及设计思路%Testing Analysis and Design Thinking of ECG Monitor Defibrillation

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    魏红霞

    2016-01-01

    The requirements of ECG monitor defibrilation protection in three safety standards were compared, as wel as proposing design thinking of products, in order to help designers and test engineers to understand the safety requirements.%比较了心电监护的3个安全标准对除颤防护的要求,提出产品的设计思路,旨在帮助设计人员及测试人员更好地理解标准要求。

  19. 基于有限元方法的心脏除颤仿真研究%Simulation Study of Heart Defibrillation Based on Finite Element Method

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    杨圣均; 郑懿; 邬小玫; 魏大名; 方祖祥

    2011-01-01

    临床动物电击除颤实验无法精确测量放电电场在心脏上的实际分布情况,且存在诸多不便利和不安全因素.鉴于此,提出了一种基于心脏建模及有限元求解的心脏除颤电场分布仿真研究方法,心脏模型包含了完整的心房心室解剖结构和左右心腔,考虑了心肌细胞和血液的电阻率,然后采用有限元方法进行分析,并使用Abaqus集成环境进行求解,求解结果与文献报道的参考标准进行对比.仿真结果在除颤电压阈值和能量阈值方面与目前的植入式心脏复律除颤器( ICD)的临床应用效果具有相当的吻合度,能量阈值相对误差仅为10%,验证了所提出方法的可行性.%Clinical animal defibrillation experiments can not measure the electrical field distribution of heart precisely, also with inconvenience and unsafety. Thereby, a method for studying heart defibrillation electric field distribution based on heart modeling and finite element solution was proposed in this paper. The heart model covers integrated anatomy of atria and ventricles, with taking resistivity of cardiac muscle cells and blood into account. And then, finite element method and Abaqus Integrated Environment was adopted. Lastly, the result was put into contrast with the benchmark. In defibrillation voltage and energy threshold, the simulation result coincided with the clinical effect of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) very well, with the relative error of energy threshold limited to 10% , which verified the feasibility of the proposed method.

  20. Defibrillation overload recovery performance test system for ECG electrode%心电电极除颤过载恢复性能测试系统

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    罗兰英; 田学隆; 周平; 李一言

    2011-01-01

    除颤过载恢复是心电电极的重要电性能,它的优劣直接影响到除颤后心电波形的检测和显示,进而影响对患者的抢救和治疗进程.文中开发了一种心电电极除颤过载性能测试系统,根据最新医药行业标准,基于C8051 F340的硬件系统,通过USB协议进行数据传输,在LabVIEW的软件平台上,实现了对除颤恢复性能指标的检测(包括交流阻抗的测试).系统采用良好的电隔离控制和检测,能精确控制测试过程中的充放电时间.实验结果表明,该系统能准确有效的测试电极对的除颤过载恢复性能,并具有安全、准确、操作简单等优点.%Defibrillation overload recovery performance is one of the most important electrical properties of ECG electrodes, which directly affects the ECG display after the patient is defibrillated, thereby affects the diagnosis and treatment of the patient. A defibrillation overload recovery performance test system for ECG electrodes was developed according to the latest pharmaceutical industry standards and based on the C8051F340 hardware system. With USB protocol data transfer, the detection of defibrillation overload recovery performance parameters (including AC impedance) is implemented on Lab VIEW software platform. The system has good electrical isolation control, which can accurately operate the charging and discharging time during test process automatically. Experiment result shows that this system has good performance, and features safe, accurate and easy to operate.

  1. Successful delivery by a cesarean section in a parturient with severe dilated cardiomyopathy, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, and a repaired tetralogy of fallot

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    Rafid Fayadh Al-Aqeedi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Repaired congenital heart disease has become more prevalent in women of childbearing age. We report an unusual case of a 24-year-old multigravida with a repaired tetralogy of Fallot, severe dilated cardiomyopathy, and implantable cardioverter defibrillator placement who was managed successfully by a cesarean section three times. This case underscores the impact of such events on maternal and fetal safety and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the management of pregnant patients with complex congenital and medical problems.

  2. Multispectral Airborne Laser Scanning for Automated Map Updating

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    Matikainen, Leena; Hyyppä, Juha; Litkey, Paula

    2016-06-01

    During the last 20 years, airborne laser scanning (ALS), often combined with multispectral information from aerial images, has shown its high feasibility for automated mapping processes. Recently, the first multispectral airborne laser scanners have been launched, and multispectral information is for the first time directly available for 3D ALS point clouds. This article discusses the potential of this new single-sensor technology in map updating, especially in automated object detection and change detection. For our study, Optech Titan multispectral ALS data over a suburban area in Finland were acquired. Results from a random forests analysis suggest that the multispectral intensity information is useful for land cover classification, also when considering ground surface objects and classes, such as roads. An out-of-bag estimate for classification error was about 3% for separating classes asphalt, gravel, rocky areas and low vegetation from each other. For buildings and trees, it was under 1%. According to feature importance analyses, multispectral features based on several channels were more useful that those based on one channel. Automatic change detection utilizing the new multispectral ALS data, an old digital surface model (DSM) and old building vectors was also demonstrated. Overall, our first analyses suggest that the new data are very promising for further increasing the automation level in mapping. The multispectral ALS technology is independent of external illumination conditions, and intensity images produced from the data do not include shadows. These are significant advantages when the development of automated classification and change detection procedures is considered.

  3. National Automated Conformity Inspection Process

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    Department of Transportation — The National Automated Conformity Inspection Process (NACIP) Application is intended to expedite the workflow process as it pertains to the FAA Form 81 0-10 Request...

  4. Automation of antimicrobial activity screening.

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    Forry, Samuel P; Madonna, Megan C; López-Pérez, Daneli; Lin, Nancy J; Pasco, Madeleine D

    2016-03-01

    Manual and automated methods were compared for routine screening of compounds for antimicrobial activity. Automation generally accelerated assays and required less user intervention while producing comparable results. Automated protocols were validated for planktonic, biofilm, and agar cultures of the oral microbe Streptococcus mutans that is commonly associated with tooth decay. Toxicity assays for the known antimicrobial compound cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) were validated against planktonic, biofilm forming, and 24 h biofilm culture conditions, and several commonly reported toxicity/antimicrobial activity measures were evaluated: the 50 % inhibitory concentration (IC50), the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), and the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC). Using automated methods, three halide salts of cetylpyridinium (CPC, CPB, CPI) were rapidly screened with no detectable effect of the counter ion on antimicrobial activity. PMID:26970766

  5. Automating the Purple Crow Lidar

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    Hicks, Shannon; Sica, R. J.; Argall, P. S.

    2016-06-01

    The Purple Crow LiDAR (PCL) was built to measure short and long term coupling between the lower, middle, and upper atmosphere. The initial component of my MSc. project is to automate two key elements of the PCL: the rotating liquid mercury mirror and the Zaber alignment mirror. In addition to the automation of the Zaber alignment mirror, it is also necessary to describe the mirror's movement and positioning errors. Its properties will then be added into the alignment software. Once the alignment software has been completed, we will compare the new alignment method with the previous manual procedure. This is the first among several projects that will culminate in a fully-automated lidar. Eventually, we will be able to work remotely, thereby increasing the amount of data we collect. This paper will describe the motivation for automation, the methods we propose, preliminary results for the Zaber alignment error analysis, and future work.

  6. Fully automated parallel oligonucleotide synthesizer

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    Lebl, M.; Burger, Ch.; Ellman, B.; Heiner, D.; Ibrahim, G.; Jones, A.; Nibbe, M.; Thompson, J.; Mudra, Petr; Pokorný, Vít; Poncar, Pavel; Ženíšek, Karel

    2001-01-01

    Roč. 66, č. 8 (2001), s. 1299-1314. ISSN 0010-0765 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4055905 Keywords : automated oligonucleotide synthesizer Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 0.778, year: 2001

  7. Home automation with Intel Galileo

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    Dundar, Onur

    2015-01-01

    This book is for anyone who wants to learn Intel Galileo for home automation and cross-platform software development. No knowledge of programming with Intel Galileo is assumed, but knowledge of the C programming language is essential.

  8. Environmental externalities related to power production on biogas and natural gas based on the EU ExternE methodology

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    Nielsen, Per Sieverts; Ibsen, Liselotte Schleisner

    This paper assesses the environmental impacts and external costs from selected electricity generation systems in Denmark. The assessment is carried out as part of the ExternE National Implementation, which is the second phase of the ExternE project and involves case studies from all Western Europ...

  9. Towards automated traceability maintenance.

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    Mäder, Patrick; Gotel, Orlena

    2012-10-01

    Traceability relations support stakeholders in understanding the dependencies between artifacts created during the development of a software system and thus enable many development-related tasks. To ensure that the anticipated benefits of these tasks can be realized, it is necessary to have an up-to-date set of traceability relations between the established artifacts. This goal requires the creation of traceability relations during the initial development process. Furthermore, the goal also requires the maintenance of traceability relations over time as the software system evolves in order to prevent their decay. In this paper, an approach is discussed that supports the (semi-) automated update of traceability relations between requirements, analysis and design models of software systems expressed in the UML. This is made possible by analyzing change events that have been captured while working within a third-party UML modeling tool. Within the captured flow of events, development activities comprised of several events are recognized. These are matched with predefined rules that direct the update of impacted traceability relations. The overall approach is supported by a prototype tool and empirical results on the effectiveness of tool-supported traceability maintenance are provided. PMID:23471308

  10. Automated document analysis system

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    Black, Jeffrey D.; Dietzel, Robert; Hartnett, David

    2002-08-01

    A software application has been developed to aid law enforcement and government intelligence gathering organizations in the translation and analysis of foreign language documents with potential intelligence content. The Automated Document Analysis System (ADAS) provides the capability to search (data or text mine) documents in English and the most commonly encountered foreign languages, including Arabic. Hardcopy documents are scanned by a high-speed scanner and are optical character recognized (OCR). Documents obtained in an electronic format bypass the OCR and are copied directly to a working directory. For translation and analysis, the script and the language of the documents are first determined. If the document is not in English, the document is machine translated to English. The documents are searched for keywords and key features in either the native language or translated English. The user can quickly review the document to determine if it has any intelligence content and whether detailed, verbatim human translation is required. The documents and document content are cataloged for potential future analysis. The system allows non-linguists to evaluate foreign language documents and allows for the quick analysis of a large quantity of documents. All document processing can be performed manually or automatically on a single document or a batch of documents.

  11. Automated Supernova Discovery (Abstract)

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    Post, R. S.

    2015-12-01

    (Abstract only) We are developing a system of robotic telescopes for automatic recognition of Supernovas as well as other transient events in collaboration with the Puckett Supernova Search Team. At the SAS2014 meeting, the discovery program, SNARE, was first described. Since then, it has been continuously improved to handle searches under a wide variety of atmospheric conditions. Currently, two telescopes are used to build a reference library while searching for PSN with a partial library. Since data is taken every night without clouds, we must deal with varying atmospheric and high background illumination from the moon. Software is configured to identify a PSN, reshoot for verification with options to change the run plan to acquire photometric or spectrographic data. The telescopes are 24-inch CDK24, with Alta U230 cameras, one in CA and one in NM. Images and run plans are sent between sites so the CA telescope can search while photometry is done in NM. Our goal is to find bright PSNs with magnitude 17.5 or less which is the limit of our planned spectroscopy. We present results from our first automated PSN discoveries and plans for PSN data acquisition.

  12. Automated Stellar Spectral Classification

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    Bailer-Jones, Coryn; Irwin, Mike; von Hippel, Ted

    1996-05-01

    Stellar classification has long been a useful tool for probing important astrophysical phenomena. Beyond simply categorizing stars it yields fundamental stellar parameters, acts as a probe of galactic abundance distributions and gives a first foothold on the cosmological distance ladder. The MK system in particular has survived on account of its robustness to changes in the calibrations of the physical parameters. Nonetheless, if stellar classification is to continue as a useful tool in stellar surveys, then it must adapt to keep pace with the large amounts of data which will be acquired as magnitude limits are pushed ever deeper. We are working on a project to automate the multi-parameter classification of visual stellar spectra, using artificial neural networks and other techniques. Our techniques have been developed with 10,000 spectra (B Analysis as a front-end compression of the data. Our continuing work also looks at the application of synthetic spectra to the direct classification of spectra in terms of the physical parameters of Teff, log g, and [Fe/H].

  13. Genetic circuit design automation.

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    Nielsen, Alec A K; Der, Bryan S; Shin, Jonghyeon; Vaidyanathan, Prashant; Paralanov, Vanya; Strychalski, Elizabeth A; Ross, David; Densmore, Douglas; Voigt, Christopher A

    2016-04-01

    Computation can be performed in living cells by DNA-encoded circuits that process sensory information and control biological functions. Their construction is time-intensive, requiring manual part assembly and balancing of regulator expression. We describe a design environment, Cello, in which a user writes Verilog code that is automatically transformed into a DNA sequence. Algorithms build a circuit diagram, assign and connect gates, and simulate performance. Reliable circuit design requires the insulation of gates from genetic context, so that they function identically when used in different circuits. We used Cello to design 60 circuits forEscherichia coli(880,000 base pairs of DNA), for which each DNA sequence was built as predicted by the software with no additional tuning. Of these, 45 circuits performed correctly in every output state (up to 10 regulators and 55 parts), and across all circuits 92% of the output states functioned as predicted. Design automation simplifies the incorporation of genetic circuits into biotechnology projects that require decision-making, control, sensing, or spatial organization. PMID:27034378

  14. Performance Targets and External Benchmarking

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    Friis, Ivar; Hansen, Allan; Vámosi, Tamás S.

    Research on relative performance measures, transfer pricing, beyond budgeting initiatives, target costing, piece rates systems and value based management has for decades underlined the importance of external benchmarking in performance management. Research conceptualises external benchmarking as a...... market mechanism that can be brought inside the firm to provide incentives for continuous improvement and the development of competitive advances. However, whereas extant research primarily has focused on the importance and effects of using external benchmarks, less attention has been directed towards...... the conditions upon which the market mechanism is performing within organizations. This paper aims to contribute to research by providing more insight to the conditions for the use of external benchmarking as an element in performance management in organizations. Our study explores a particular type...

  15. Leveraging External Sources of Innovation

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    West, Joel; Bogers, Marcel

    2014-01-01

    external innovations create value rather than how firms capture value from those innovations. Finally, the interaction phase considers both feedback for the linear process and reciprocal innovation processes such as cocreation, network collaboration, and community innovation. This review and synthesis......This paper reviews research on open innovation that considers how and why firms commercialize external sources of innovations. It examines both the “outside-in” and “coupled” modes of open innovation. From an analysis of prior research on how firms leverage external sources of innovation, it...... suggests a four-phase model in which a linear process—(1) obtaining, (2) integrating, and (3) commercializing external innovations—is combined with (4) interaction between the firm and its collaborators. This model is used to classify papers taken from the top 25 innovation journals, complemented by highly...

  16. Virtual Machine in Automation Projects

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    Xing, Xiaoyuan

    2010-01-01

    Virtual machine, as an engineering tool, has recently been introduced into automation projects in Tetra Pak Processing System AB. The goal of this paper is to examine how to better utilize virtual machine for the automation projects. This paper designs different project scenarios using virtual machine. It analyzes installability, performance and stability of virtual machine from the test results. Technical solutions concerning virtual machine are discussed such as the conversion with physical...

  17. 2015 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference

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    Li, Hongbo

    2015-01-01

    Proceedings of the 2015 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference presents selected research papers from the CIAC’15, held in Fuzhou, China. The topics include adaptive control, fuzzy control, neural network based control, knowledge based control, hybrid intelligent control, learning control, evolutionary mechanism based control, multi-sensor integration, failure diagnosis, reconfigurable control, etc. Engineers and researchers from academia, industry and the government can gain valuable insights into interdisciplinary solutions in the field of intelligent automation.

  18. Aprendizaje automático

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    Moreno, Antonio

    2006-01-01

    En este libro se introducen los conceptos básicos en una de las ramas más estudiadas actualmente dentro de la inteligencia artificial: el aprendizaje automático. Se estudian temas como el aprendizaje inductivo, el razonamiento analógico, el aprendizaje basado en explicaciones, las redes neuronales, los algoritmos genéticos, el razonamiento basado en casos o las aproximaciones teóricas al aprendizaje automático.

  19. Automation of cell line development

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    Lindgren, Kristina; Salmén, Andréa; Lundgren, Mats; Bylund, Lovisa; Ebler, Åsa; Fäldt, Eric; Sörvik, Lina; Fenge, Christel; Skoging-Nyberg, Ulrica

    2009-01-01

    An automated platform for development of high producing cell lines for biopharmaceutical production has been established in order to increase throughput and reduce development costs. The concept is based on the Cello robotic system (The Automation Partnership) and covers screening for colonies and expansion of static cultures. In this study, the glutamine synthetase expression system (Lonza Biologics) for production of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies in Chinese hamster ovary cells was used ...

  20. External costs related to power production technologies. ExternE national implementation for Denmark

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    Schleisner, L.; Sieverts Nielsen, P. [eds.

    1997-12-01

    The objective of the ExternE National Implementation project has been to establish a comprehensive and comparable set of data on externalities of power generation for all EU member states and Norway. The tasks include the application of the ExternE methodology to the most important fuel cycles for each country as well as to update the already existing results, to aggregate these site- and technology-specific results to more general figures. The current report covers the detailed information concerning the ExternE methodology. Importance is attached to the computer system used in the project and the assessment of air pollution effects on health, materials and ecological effects. Also the assessment of global warming damages are described. Finally the report covers the detailed information concerning the national implementation for Denmark for an offshore wind farm and a wind farm on land, a decentralised CHP plant based on natural gas and a decentralised CHP plant base on biogas. (au) EU-JOULE 3. 79 tabs., 11 ills., 201 refs.