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LVAD - Basic Assessment & Emergency Care

by Brittany Schlueter, MSN, RN, EMT. Timothy Ryan, APRN-NP .

- Published: 04/20/2024 | Running Time: 11:08

In this video we’ll discuss the basic assessment and emergency care of patients with a left ventricular assist device.

A left ventricular assist device, often shortened to LVAD, is a mechanical pump that is implanted to the left side of the heart which aids in pumping blood throughout the body.

Typically used to help patients who are living with end-stage heart failure and are waiting for a transplant. It can also be used for long-term therapy, often referred to as Destination Therapy.

Care of a patient with an LVAD will differ from what a non-LVAD patient would be provided. This video describes those differences and demonstrates the steps for Basic Assessment and Emergency Care.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and indication for a patient to have a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD).
  • Demonstrate a patient assessment on a patient with an LVAD.
  • Identify the care needed for patients with an LVAD who are experiencing a medical emergency.

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