Early experience of nurse-led elective DC cardioversion

Nurs Crit Care. Mar-Apr 1998;3(2):59-62.


Direct current (DC) cardioversion is an established therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. In this observational study 88 patients (59 [67%] male) were admitted as day cases to a short-stay ward for elective cardioversion, of whom 74 (88%) were referred for cardioversion of atrial fibrillation, 12 (14%) for atrial flutter and two (2%) for atrial tachycardia. 40 (54%) of patients with atrial fibrillation were initially converted to sinus rhythm by DC shock, although 3 (7% of this group) reverted to atrial fibrillation during the recovery period. Nurse-led, day case elective cardioversion on an elective ward appears to offer a safe alternative to CCU admission.

MeSH terms

  • Atrial Fibrillation / therapy*
  • Atrial Flutter / therapy*
  • Day Care, Medical / methods
  • Electric Countershock / methods
  • Electric Countershock / nursing*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitals, General
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Treatment Outcome