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RI Hospital First in RI to Implement New Defibrillator Technology

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

 

Through their Cardiovascular Institute, Rhode Island Hospital has become the first in the state to use a new type of implantable cardiac defibrillator. The device, called the S-ICD, is the first subcutaneous ICD for the treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, and is the only ICD that does not require electrical wires to be placed in the heart.

“More than a half-million people in the United States are treated each year for sudden cardiac arrest,” said Michael Kim, M.D., director of the arrhythmia service at Rhode Island Hospital, where the ICD was implanted. “This new defibrillator provides patients with an alternative option to single and double-lead defibrillators, and may be safer for many patients. It is a less invasive procedure, which often means a reduced risk of complications and faster recovery. Additionally, many patients may be able to have the S-ICD implanted on an outpatient basis, allowing them to return home immediately following the procedure.”

Developed by Boston Scientific, the S-ICD is implanted under the skin and leaves the heart and blood vessels intact. When cardiac arrest is detected, the electrode delivers a shock to the heart similar to single- and double-lead implantable defibrillators and external defibrillator paddles. Even without directly touching the heart, the electrode can deliver a shock that corrects the heart’s rhythm.

Rhode Island's first patient to receive an S-ICD did so in late January. For more information on RI Hospital, visit their website.

 

Related Slideshow: Check Out The Grades: Rhode Island Hospitals Report Card

A recent survey released by The Leapfrog Group assigns a Hospital Safety Score, using the report card system of A to F to each of the hospitals in Rhode Island. These grades are based on expert analysis of injuries, infections and errors that cause harm or death during a hospital stay.

Let's see how each of Rhode Island's hospitals were graded from highest to lowest:

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South County Hospital

Wakefield, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: A

Spring 2013 Grade: A

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Kent County Memorial Hospital

Warwick, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: B

Spring 2013 Grade: C

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Memorial Hospital of RI

Pawtucket, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: B

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

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Miriam Hospital

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: B

Spring 2013 Grade: B

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Newport Hospital

Newport, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: B

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Rhode Island Hospital

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: C

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Roger Williams Medical Center

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: C

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St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: B

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Landmark Medical Center

Woonsocket, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

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Women & Infants Hospital of RI

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

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Westerly Hospital

Westerly, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

 
 

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