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The utilisation of a day-surgery unit for direct-current (DC) cardioversion of atrial fibrillation.
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PMID:  11676038     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Current practice aims to restore sinus rhythm (SR), although the question of whether rate or rhythm control is the optimal approach for these patients remains unanswered. The most established method of restoring SR in patients with AF of duration greater than 48 hours is external direct-current cardioversion (DCC). This is a descriptive paper summarising how we utilised the hospital's day surgery unit for the provision of DCC for patients with AF in order to provide a more efficient service and allow an increased number of procedures to be conducted. We describe the reasons for setting up the service and the methods involved. We also summarise the advantages associated with this new system.
J Moncrieff; F G Dunn; K J Hogg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scottish medical journal     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0036-9330     ISO Abbreviation:  Scott Med J     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-24     Completed Date:  2002-02-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2983335R     Medline TA:  Scott Med J     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  106-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Stobhill Hospital, 133 Balornock Road, Glasgow, G21 3UK.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / methods*
Atrial Fibrillation / therapy*
Cohort Studies
Electric Countershock*

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