Pacing Modes

Pacing Modes – Advantages and Disadvantages

MODES

AAI

  • atrial pacing and sensing
  • if no electrical impulse sensed then pacemaker will pace @ a pre-programmed rate
  • if electrical impulse sensed then pacing inhibited

VVI

  • ventricular pacing and sensing
  • if no electrical impulse sensed then pacemaker will pace @ a pre-programmed rate
  • if electrical impulse sensed then pacing inhibited
  • asynchronous pacing

DDD

  • both atrium and ventricle both sensed and paced
  • if both SA and AV node functioning then pacemaker will just sense
  • if either atrium or ventricle not conveyed -> pacemaker will take over
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References and Links

Journal articles

  • Bih-Fang Guo, G. “What & How” About Implantation of AAI/R, DDD/R, and VVI/R Pacemakers. Acta Cardiol Sin 2005;21 Suppl II:917 [Free Full Text]
  • Reade MC. Temporary epicardial pacing after cardiac surgery: a practical review. Part 2: Selection of epicardial pacing modes and troubleshooting. Anaesthesia. 2007 Apr;62(4):364-73. Review. PubMed PMID: 17381573. [Free Full Text]

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Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health and Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

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