LVAD’s – Left Ventricular Assist Devices – for EMS
Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) use is becoming more prevalent in the chronic cardiac patient population. These devices are very specialized and complex and the out of hospital management of a patient who has a LVAD can be challenging. This talk will address the best practices associated with prehospital management of patients with LVADs. This will cover the basics of what a LVAD is, why a patient would need one and how they function. This is designed to give insight regarding how to manage LVADs in the pre-hospital setting, including risks, pitfalls and related emergencies.
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of Nurses, PAs, Paramedics and EMTs.
- Identify the indications for left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as well as the structure, function and clinical presentation of LVADs.
- Explore common medical and traumatic conditions and complications associated with LVADs.
Nick Tsipis, MD
Disclosure: There are no relevant financial relationships to report for those individuals in a position to control the content of this CME Activity
Accreditation: The HCA Healthcare Continental Division is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation: The HCA Healthcare Continental Division designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Commercial Support: This Activity was developed without support from any ineligible company.*The ACCME defines ineligible companies as those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Note: The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests – unless the provider of clinical services is owned, or controlled by, and ACCME defined ineligible company.
Disclosure: The HCA Healthcare Continental Division is committed to providing CME that is balanced, objective, and evidenced-based. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Integrity and Independence all parties involved in content development are required to disclose all conflicts of interest with ACCME defined ineligible companies. The HCA Healthcare Continental Division has identified, reviewed, and mitigated all conflicts of interest that speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, or relevant staff disclose prior to the delivery of any educational activity. The CME planning committee who are in a position to control the content of this CME Activity, have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™HCA Healthcare Continental Division is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
HCA Healthcare Continental Division designates this for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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