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Caring for Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device

Regular Price: $20.00
Online CE Expiration: 05/01/2020
1.49 Contact Hours
Presented by Ana

This article discusses nursing care of patients with LVADs for destination therapy, including device and medication management, potential complications, patient education, and psychosocial support for patients, home caregivers, and nurses.

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Course Details

Overview

Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from heart failure (HF). The American Heart Association predicts that the number of individuals diagnosed with HF will increase 46% by 2030. HF can’t be cured, but it can be managed with medications—until it reaches an advanced stage. At that point, a heart transplant or an implanted left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is the only long-term option for survival.

Since 2006, more than 20,000 patients have received LVADs as destination therapy, and this number is expected to increase. For this reason, nurses need to become more knowledgeable about—and confident in— caring for patients with these devices.

This article discusses nursing care of patients with LVADs for destination therapy, including device and medication management, potential complications, patient education, and psychosocial support for patients, home caregivers, and nurses.

List Price:
$20.00
ANA Member Price:
$15.00

For bulk or invoice purchases, please contact customerservice@ana.org

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the assessment of patients with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).
  • Discuss nursing management of patients with an LVAD.
  • State possible complications from an LVAD.

Location Details

Presented By

Heather Martonik, MSN, RN
Martonik is a registered nurse in the coronary care unit at the Pulse Heart Institute at Multi-Care Health System in Tacoma, Washington.

The American Nurses Association Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ANCC Provider Number 0023

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP6178

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