Quiz: What providers should know about caring for VAD patients
Clinicians should be aware of how ventricular-assist devices work and what distress signs to look for in patients
When providers encounter a patient outfitted with a ventricular-assist device, they should understand and know how to document certain differences when it comes to the patient assessment.
In a recent article, EMS1 columnist Janet Taylor, CFRN, CEN, CCEMT-P, outlines how EMS providers should approach VAD patients, what distress symptoms to look for and how to chart differences in care.
Read Taylor's article, "Pump up the volume," to learn more about working with VAD patients and then take the quiz below to test your knowledge.
The arresting LVAD patient: A review of the updated recommendations
An evidence-based, consensus approach to managing unconscious and arresting patients with a mechanical assist device, like LVAD