Device Therapy in Heart-failure Patients

This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "Essentials of Oncology, Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management for the Health Care Team" held in Scottsdale, AZ on March 20–21, 2017.
The American Heart Association guidelines state left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are the standard of care for advanced heart failure. While some patients use LVADs as they are waiting heart transplant surgery — called a bridge to transplantation — other patients may not be eligible for heart transplant surgery but may still benefit from an LVAD — called destination therapy. The limited availability of hearts has remained constant, creating a greater demand for LVADs. Managing patients on LVAD support requires regular patient follow up and multidisciplinary care teams. This webcast will review management strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality in heart-failure patients supported with LVADs; describe candidate selection, outpatient strategies to optimize device performance, complications that warrant close monitoring, heart-failure management and currently available devices; and include an update on devices available for pediatric patients.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe LVAD candidate selection, outpatient strategies to optimize device performance and complications that warrant close monitoring
  • Review management strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality in heart-failure patients supported with LVADs
  • Provide an overview of the current ventricular assist devices available for both adults and pediatrics
  • Explain the importance of an interprofessional team approach to optimal management of patients with heart failure

Presenter
Jeffrey Teuteberg, MDJeffrey Teuteberg, MD
Medical Director, Heart Transplantation
Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA

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Faculty Disclosure
Jeffrey Teuteberg, MD has reported the following: Abiomed, CareDx, HeartWare (advisory board, speakers’ bureau); Abbott (other financial or material support).

Activity Planners
Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
J. Roscoe Miller Distinguished Professor
Departments of Surgery and Microbiology/Immunology
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University;
Chief, Division of Organ Transplantation
Northwestern Memorial Hospital;
Founding Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education


Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Clear Rx
Denver, Colorado

V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina

Activity Planner Disclosures
Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Drs. Abecassis, Ryland and Silverstein have no relevant financial relationships to report.

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Credit Designation Statements
Nurses
The participant will be awarded up to 0.75 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
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Pharmacists
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hour(s) ([0.075] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 0.75 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-18-112-H01-P

Pharmacy Technicians
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Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-18-112-H01-T

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PAs
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Case Managers
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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in device therapy in heart-failure patients.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 0.75 AMA
  • 0.75 ANCC
  • 0.75 Attendance
  • 0.75 CCMC - General
Activity opens: 
05/08/2017
Activity expires: 
05/07/2019
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Available Credit

  • 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 0.75 AMA
  • 0.75 ANCC
  • 0.75 Attendance
  • 0.75 CCMC - General

Accreditation Period

Activity opens: 
05/08/2017
Activity expires: 
05/07/2019
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