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Dealing with ICD lead fracture

Haddock, Christopher J. BSN, RN-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000390630.19457.66
Department: Heart Beats

Implanted cardioverter-defibrillators can be lifesavers for patients with potentially fatal ventricular dysrhythmias. But lead fractures can cause serious complications if not caught in time by an experienced nurse. Read about how lead fractures occur and how to detect a fracture before it threatens the patient's health.

Christopher J. Haddock is a staff nurse in the ICU at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

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