A patient in ICU is on a cardiac monitor is currently exhibiting atrial fibrillation. The fibrillation that feels like fluttering started 24 hours ago and the primary provider wants to cardiovert the patient. The patient is anxious, afraid and does not understand why her heart is doing this or why the procedure is so important. Using your best RN teaching skills, how could you help the patient weigh the pros and cons of the procedure. What possible situations may arise that could adversely affect the patient? What are the patient’s options in this case?
Dr. Belle is a licensed psychologist, who practices in the areas of adults and geriatrics. She primarily treats adults for mood and anxiety disorders. She