The FDA has approved the Life Vest Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator. The Zoll Wearable Defibrillator has been in use for years, but was not FDA approved for the pediatric population — only in the adult population.
The wearable defibrilator can monitor dangerous arrhythmias and then deliver high energy shocks to stabilize the heart if necessary. The overall technology on how this wearable defibrillator works is cool:
When the werable defibrillator detects an abnormal heart rhythm, such as ventricular tachycardia, an alarm goes off — this enables the patient to prevent the shock by happening if they are alert or asymptomatic. The device then gives a verbal warning before the high energy shock is delivered. Before the high energy shock is delievered, a blue gel within the electrodes releases.
The wearable defibrillator can now be used for pediatric patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and are not candidates for implatable defibrillators.
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