What to Know About Mechanical Circulatory Support in the Treatment of Cardiogenic Shock

Author(s): Tracee Kennon

Contact Hours 2.50

CERP A 2.50

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $25.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening condition characterized by cardiac pump dysfunction. When conventional treatments fail, knowing what type of mechanical circulatory support is indicated remains a challenge for providers. This session provides an expert review of mechanical circulatory support for right- and left-sided heart failure including IABP, Impella, TandemHeart, and ECMO in the management of refractory cardiogenic shock.


  • Discuss diagnosis and management of cardiogenic shock and its implications towards utilization of mechanical circulatory support.
  • Describe the use of for IABP, TandemHeart, Impella, CentriMag, and ECMO to support cardiovascular function.
  • Identify hemodynamic changes associated with RV, LV, and biventricular shock and apply best practice guidelines for mechanical support.

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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.


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