Get access

Management of Adult Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device

Authors

  • Marcia Stahovich RN CCRN,

    Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Marcia Stahovich is a mechanical assist device advanced clinician in the Mechanical Assist Device Department at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA.

  • Suzanne Chillcott BSN RN,

    Search for more papers by this author
    • Suzanne Chillcott is a mechanical assist device lead in the Mechanical Assist Device Department at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

  • Laura Ferber MN RN CNRN CRRN

    Search for more papers by this author
    • Laura Ferber is a clinical nurse specialist at Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center.


Mechanical Assist Device Department, Sharp Memorial Hospital, 7901 Frost Street, San Diego, CA 92123.

Abstract

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.

Ancillary