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A national audit of current cardiac device policies from radiotherapy centres across the UK

Lester, Jason F., Evans, Lauren Marie, Yousef, Zaheer R., Penney, A., Brown, Paul and Perks, Richard 2014. A national audit of current cardiac device policies from radiotherapy centres across the UK. Clinical Oncology 26 (1) , pp. 45-50. 10.1016/j.clon.2013.09.004

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Aims: The number of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators) undergoing radiotherapy treatment is increasing. The aims of this audit were to establish current UK practice regarding the management of patients with implanted cardiac devices undergoing radiotherapy and to compare this practice with current ‘gold standard’ evidence-based guidelines. Materials and methods: All UK radiotherapy departments were contacted and asked to provide their current cardiac implantable electronic device policy or to indicate if there was no current policy. A proforma was created to analyse these polices and to compare with current best practice. Results: In total, 47/67 (70%) radiotherapy departments responded and 45 departmental policies were submitted; 31/45 (69%) policies defined the radiotherapy tolerance dose to permanent pacemakers and 14/45 (31%) defined the monitoring procedure for patients in line with current best practice. Only 5/45 (11%) policies defined the radiotherapy tolerance dose to implantable cardioverter defibrillators and 12/45 (27%) defined the monitoring procedure in line with current best practice. Conclusion: Most UK cardiac device policies do not reflect current best evidence. Policies are based on research carried out in 1994 by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. This evidence does not account for advances in cardiac implantable electronic device technology. Further research is urgently needed to establish the effect of radiotherapy on these devices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0936-6555
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2020 01:21

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