The employment of temporary pacing (TP) in Denmark in 1986 is illustrated by means of a questionnaire investigation. Seventy-four out of 77 Danish hospitals with a medical-cardiological specialist returned usable replies. Facilities for temporary pacing were available in 39 (53%) of the hospitals. The method of pacing most extensively employed was the transvenous method which was used in 33 hospitals while external transcutaneous pacing by Zoll's method was available in 13 hospitals. In transvenous pacing, the subclavian vein was employed routinely in 24 hospitals while a cubital vein was used primarily in eight hospitals. More than 85% of the pacing catheters employed were of disposable type. Only one hospital always employed a permanent pacing lead which could be utilised if permanent pacing should be required. A total of 486 patients with or without acute myocardial infarction (AMI) were submitted to temporary pacing. Employment of temporary pacing in patients with AMI was 0-8.3% (average 3.7%). In general, it was found that hospitals with cardiac laboratory facilities showed the greatest temporary pacing activity. The indications for temporary pacing are assessed on the basis of two case reports. The greatest employment of temporary pacing was found in patients with AMI with third degree atrioventricular block and ventricular escape rhythm (anterior wall 74%, posterior wall 56%). Employment of temporary pacing was least in symptomfree patients with anterior wall AMI and bifascicular block (9%).
|Bidragets oversatte titel||Temporary pacemaker treatment in Denmark|
|Tidsskrift||Ugeskrift for læger|
|Status||Udgivet - 22. okt. 1990|