Use of the fluid column in a cardiac catheter for emergency pacing
Given the not infrequent need for intracardiac pacemaking during intensive cardiac care, a new type of cardiac pacemaker has been designed and tested . With this pacemaker the heart can be stimulated through the fluid column of any conventional catheter, provided it is filled with a 0.9% NaCl solution. This fluid column pacemaker (FCP) is of the "constant current" type. The FCP was tested in 37 animals, in 30 patients in sinus rhythm, and also in two critical patients. In addition to the pacemaker circuit, a special connector was designed, enabling a fast, effective, and safe contact between patient and pacemaker. The FCP is considered to be ideally suited for use in emergency cardiac pacing in intensive care units and other areas where sudden bradycardias may occur and where intrathoracic catheters are inserted for a variety of reasons.
|Keywords||*Pacemaker, Artificial, 7647-14-5 (Sodium Chloride), Animals, Cardiac Pacing, Artificial, Coronary Care Units, Dogs, Heart Catheterization/*instrumentation, Human, Sodium Chloride, Swine|
Meester, G.T., Simoons, M.L., Kint, P-P., Spaa, W., Slager, C.J., & Hugenholtz, P.G.. (1983). Use of the fluid column in a cardiac catheter for emergency pacing. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis (Online), 9, 503–513. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/5277