11/16/2012

Consent forms and discussions with elderly patients about the risks of having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator rarely cover the potential for painful shocks at the end of life, according to a study from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Researchers said patients need to know that they have the option of deactivating the device in palliative care "so that its function does not interfere with the natural dying process."

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