Early Right Ventricular Failure in the Setting of Left Ventricle Assist Device Support

Author(s): Jansi Sethuraj, Seena Thomas, Lorelei Forrester

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Hemodynamics

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Nurses play a crucial role in recognizing changes in hemodynamics, laboratory values and assessment along with monitoring vasoactive support and early notification to an interdisciplinary team. This presentation discusses the nursing considerations in prevention, identification and management of postoperative left ventricle device support (LVAD) patients diagnosed with right ventricular failure (RVF). Critical care nurses with the knowledge and ability to identify early RVF and apply best practices can potentially reduce morbidity and mortality.


  • Identify risk factors and nursing considerations for post-operative LVAD patients to prevent development of RVF.
  • Describe the components of RVF and its impact on LVAD patients.
  • Explain the management of LVAD patients who develop RVF.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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