Effectiveness and Safety of an Independently Run Nurse Practitioner Outpatient Cardioversion Program (2009 to 2014) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY Norton, L., Tsiperfal, A., Cook, K., Bagdasarian, A., Varady, J., Shah, M., Wang, P. 2016; 118 (12): 1842-1846


Sustained growth in the arrhythmia population at Stanford Health Care led to an independent nurse practitioner-run outpatient direct current cardioversion (DCCV) program in 2012. DCCVs performed by a medical doctor, a nurse practitioner under supervision, or nurse practitioners from 2009 to 2014 were compared for safety and efficacy. A retrospective review of the electronic medical records system (Epic) was performed on biodemographic data, cardiovascular risk factors, medication history, procedural data, and DCCV outcomes. A total of 869 DCCVs were performed on 557 outpatients. Subjects were largely men with an average age of 65 years; 1/3 were obese; most had atrial fibrillation; and majority of subjects were on warfarin. The success rate of the DCCVs was 93.4% (812 of 869) with no differences among the groups. There were no short-term complications: stroke, myocardial infarction, or death. The length of stay was shortest in the NP group compared to the other groups (p <0.001). In conclusion, the success rate of DCCV in all groups was extremely high, and there were no complications in any of the DCCV groups.

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