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Update on ventricular assist devices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2192754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ventricular assist devices serve as a valuable adjunct to therapy in the setting of profound heart failure. The two largest patient groups--postcardiotomy and those being bridged to transplant--show an average 40-50% survival rate after ventricular assist. Several devices exist including centrifugal, pneumatic, and electrical pumps. Options for ventricular assist include right (RVAD), left (LVAD), and biventricular (BiVAD) support. Knowledge regarding the devices and the pathophysiology of severe heart failure is crucial for the critical care nurse caring for these patients. Critical care nursing interventions for bleeding, renal failure, infection, and other complications will be outlined.
C Barden; R Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AACN clinical issues in critical care nursing     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1046-7467     ISO Abbreviation:  AACN Clin Issues Crit Care Nurs     Publication Date:  1990 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-08-02     Completed Date:  1990-08-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9009969     Medline TA:  AACN Clin Issues Crit Care Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-30     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Output, Low / etiology,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Education, Nursing, Continuing
Equipment Design
Heart-Assist Devices / adverse effects,  nursing*

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