Heart failure (HF) is a common condition associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) are an important management strategy in HF management and decrease mortality for both primary and secondary prevention. An emerging body of literature identifies the challenges of managing ICDs at the end of life. This report discusses a critical incident experienced by a HF team in a referral centre and outlines the issues to be considered in advancing discussion and debate of managing ICDs at the end of life. Engaging in debate, discussion and consensus guidelines is likely to be crucial in minimising distress and burden for clinicians, patients and their families alike.
- End-of-life care
- Heart failure
- Implantable cardiac defibrillators
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care