Removal of Pacing Wires - page 2

by Dyno 22,293 Views | 11 Comments

Hi, I'm curious to know what others hospital policies are regarding removal of epicardial pacing wires post cardiac surgery Our policy requires baseline obs, remove wires, obs x2 30 minutes apart, pt to remain in bed 1 hour,... Read More


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    I have worked on an acute cardiac floor for the last 5 years. I have had 2 patients have a cardiac tampenode requiring emergency surgery within 2 hours of the pacer wires being removed.
    The classic signs and symptoms were observed at about the 45 min mark post removal. There should be a strict policy in place for post pacer wire removal care. Tampenode is infrequent but is possible life threatening when it occures.
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    Unfortunately, my friend's father died last month due to the same issue above. She is currently seeking advice as it appeared no one had a clue as to what was happening although he complained of severe chest pains, sweating and eventually full cardiac arrest.


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