Marcia Stahovich is a mechanical assist device advanced clinician in the Mechanical Assist Device Department at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA.
Management of Adult Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device
Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2012
2004 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 100–103, May-June 2004
How to Cite
Stahovich, M., Chillcott, S. and Ferber, L. (2004), Management of Adult Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device. Rehabilitation Nursing, 29: 100–103. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2004.tb00320.x
- Issue online: 1 MAY 2012
- Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2012
- left ventricular assist device;
- cardiac transplantation;
- cardiac rehabilitation
The number of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantations is growing as a result of increased waiting periods for cardiac transplantation and the decreased availability of organ donors. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved permanent LVAD support. After an acute hospitalization, patients with LVADs may need prolonged convalescence in a healthcare facility because they have complex medical needs and are physically disabled. Admission criteria need to be developed as essential patient and nursing competencies need to be defined as a part of a successful LVAD program in an acute rehabilitation center. Acute rehabilitation centers can help patients with LVADs transition to a home setting.