Making Sense Out of the Variety of VADs
Hollie Thornton, Shannon Olwine, Jane Sederstrom
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • State definitions of common VAD terminology and list indications for VAD placement and goals of therapy.
  • Describe post-operative management and potential complications following VAD placement.
  • Explain the end-of-life issues associated with VAD patients.

Continuing Education Information

This test is FREE to both member and nonmember CE customers
CE ID: NTI1307
Total Contact Hours: 1.25
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 6/1/2016


Ventricular-assist devices (VADs) are becoming a common treatment modality to support patients suffering from heart failure. As medical technology has progressed, the indications for VAD support have evolved. This session discusses the level and type of support each of the devices offer and the type of assisted flow. Based on disease processes and anticipated outcomes, the multiple factors used in the selection of the appropriate VAD are discussed. Depending on the implanted device, postoperative complications can develop differently, and recognizing the significant trends is imperative for nurses. Consequently, guidelines for assessing VAD flows, pressures, and waveforms for pertinent clues and changes, based on the specific device, are included.

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