Heart Failure and Ventricular Assist Devices
While the demand for heart transplantation has increased, the limited availability of hearts has remained constant. To bridge this gap, VADs are being used to enable patients to survive until a heart becomes available, or in some cases, to extend the lives of patients who do not qualify for a heart transplant. Managing patients on chronic VAD support requires regular patient follow-up and multidisciplinary care teams. This presentation will review management strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality in heart failure patients supported chronically with VADs and describe candidate selection, outpatient strategies to optimize device performance, complications that warrant close monitoring, heart failure management, and currently available devices.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Review management strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality in heart failure patients supported chronically with VADs
- Describe candidate selection, outpatient strategies to optimize device performance, and complications that warrant close monitoring
- Provide an overview of the VADs currently available
Suzanne Chilcott, BSN, RN
Mechanical Circulatory Support Lead
Sharp Memorial Hospital
San Diego, California
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Suzanne Chilcott, BSN, RN has reported the following:
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Martha L. New, BSN, RN, CCTC
Transplant Case Coordinator
Anne M. Sendaydiego, PharmD
AMS Consulting, LLC
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, North Carolina
Activity Planner Disclosures
Ms Chart, Ms Gleason, and Ms New have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Drs Sendaydiego and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.
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Credit Designation Statements
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Please note: In accordance with the CCMC policy, learners are required to take a minimum of one full hour (60 minutes) of continuing education (CE) from the activity: “Transplantation: The Essentials of Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management” to be awarded CCMC credit.
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): 0860-0000-15-015-H01-P
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals who are interested in ventricular assist devices (VAD).
This activity consists of recorded presentations from "Transplantation: The Essentials of Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management" held in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 13-14, 2015.
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General - Case Managers