Information for Family and Caregivers

Your loved one has been prescribed the LifeVest® wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) because their doctor believes that they are at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). The LifeVest WCD can keep them safe while their doctor monitors their recovery. When your loved one wears the LifeVest WCD, you should have peace of mind that they will be protected from sudden cardiac death.8

While your loved one will receive in-depth training on LifeVest and will have 24-hour access to our patient support team, there are a number of ways that you can provide support to them:

  • Remind the patient to change their battery – and charge the second battery – every day.
  • Remind the patient to wash their LifeVest WCD garment every 1-2 days.
  • Remember that ONLY the patient should use the response buttons on the LifeVest WCD. Do not, for any reason, let anyone else press the response buttons. If you press the response buttons, the patient may not receive the treatment necessary to save their life if they need it.
  • DO NOT touch the patient when there are loud two-tone sirens broadcasting from the LifeVest WCD. The patient may be in the process of receiving a shock and you can be shocked if you are touching them at this time.

To learn more about what you can do to support your loved one, please call ZOLL at 1-800-543-3267.

8 Whiting J, Simon M. Health and lifestyle benefits resulting from wearable cardioverter-defibrillator use. The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management 2012;1–2.