By Topic

Issues in ethics - ethical issues in defibrillator patients' quality of life

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$33 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

1 Author(s)
Kristin E. Salber ; Treatment Res. Inst., Philadelphia, PA

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (TCDs), which package the wallop of external defibrillators in pager-sized appliances, save lives. But the serious mental and social consequences that may follow implantation raise ethical questions for both manufacturers and healthcare providers. This paper discusses the quality of life patients have after a defibrillator implantation. Cases of panic disorder with agoraphobia, dependence and depression were observed in patients. These ICD patients deserve better treatment. Just as it would be unethical not to warn them of the possibility of infection and not to have a course of antibiotics at the ready, so it is unethical not to prepare them for other possible side effects that can have severe life-altering impacts on their quality of life.

Published in:

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 3 )