LifeVest defibrillator system for children suffering from sudden cardiac arrest
Having the problem of sudden cardiac arrest in children can be both complicated and life threatening. Since the patient has option for implantable defibrillator but that is too risky for children and moreover parents don’t consider it as an option due to the surgical implant complications. Thankfully, now a non-invasive invention has been approved by FDA to be used with pediatric patients who are not fit for an implantable defibrillator or pacemaker installed through surgery. The approval was based on published studies and clinical information of 248 patients aged 3-17 years having the risk of cardiac arrest.
Manufactured by ZOLL Medical, the LifeVest defibrillator system is a wearable that continuously monitors wearer’s heart for arrhythmia and restores the normal heartbeat by delivering a shock. This could mean a huge difference in the life of people who unfortunately suffer from this problem. LifeVest has been designed for children aged 8 or higher for now and is a body embracing vest which can be easily worn and taken-off.
The vest is loaded with sensors which identify any irregular heartbeat/arrhythmia and delivers shock immediately to restore it back to normal. It works with children weighing at least 41 pounds and having chest size 26 inches or more. So, in ideal situation it would work great for children aged 8 or around that age group.
Vasum Peiris, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of pediatrics and special populations in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health:
The pediatric medical community is often forced to use adult devices off-label without appropriate labeling or instructions for use in pediatric patients. Doctors now have important information that may help them safely prescribe this life-saving device to young patients who may benefit from the device.