This module outlines changes in a patient’s physical functioning following the implantation of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and the unique knowledge and skills patients need to acquire to live with an ICD device. Recovery is an ongoing process that does not always move forward or easily. Patients and their families rely on their healthcare team for reassurance, safe activities, and what to do if something goes wrong. This presentation offers helpful strategies for healthcare team members and their patients with ICDs.
This online presentation includes audio, demonstrations, instructional methods, and examples.
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Authors: Cynthia Dougherty, PhD, ARNP, FAHA, FAAN
Audience: Clinicians, Students, Clinical Instructors
Run time: Approximately 15 minutes
Upon completing this module, the learner will be able to…
- Discuss physical functioning and psychological adjustment following an ICD.
- Explore cognitive and relationship challenges following an ICD.
- Suggest helpful strategies to the patient to enhance adjustment following an ICD.