Category: Critical Care
Keywords: VAD, ventricular assist device, hear failure, shock, hemodynamics (PubMed Search)
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) pump blood from the left, right or both ventricles for patients in severe ventricular failure.
VADs may be placed temporarily (as a bridge to transplant) or permanently in patients who are not transplant candidates (also known as Destination Therapy)
Certain types of VADs continuously pump blood in a non-pulsatile fashion. In these cases, a patient may be perfusing normally without a palpable pulse.
Familiarity with potential VAD complications is important as a patient with a VAD may be presenting to an ED near you. Complications include:
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