Heart and Vascular Institute Continuing Education Programs




HVI Primary Care Colloquium
Synergy in The Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease
September 13, 2014

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Cardiovascular diseases constitute a large proportion of the illnesses and diseases in the medical world.  We are fortunate to be living in an era when huge strides are being made to combat these diseases. The dissemination of this information can play a critical role in treating the illnesses. Penn State Hershey Heart & Vascular Institute is striving to increase the awareness of such updates and advances to our primary care colleagues.

4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their completion of this approved continuing medical education activity.


LVAD Basics-What You Need to Know
September 11, 2014

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Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Where: Penn State Hershey Medical Center University Conference Center

Sessions offered: Two sessions offered on same day at 7:30 am – 11:30am and Noon – 4:00 pm

The Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute is providing free educational session that include didactic and hands on training related to the care of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) patients in community based medical settings. These sessions are intended for RN, LPNs, Medical Assistants, EMT, Paramedics and other medical team members from settings including Emergency Medical Services in the field, Long-term Acute Care Facilities and SNIF. Continuing Education Credits  (1 PSNA and 1 CME) will be provided for completion of this training session.

There is no cost for this program. 

Registration maintained by CME


Repeating Agenda (7:30am-11:30 & Noon-4:00pm)

7:30-8am / Noon-12:30pm Registration

8am-9am/12:30-1:30pm Introduction Lecture 1 hour

9:00-9:15/ 1:30-1:45 Break

9:15-11:15/ 1:45-3:45pm

Rotating Stations (20 minutes each)

  • Heartmate II power sources/ controller
  • Heartware power sources/controller
  • Dressing change
  • Basic Care/Emergency Care
  • Test

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to change the controller on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to change power sources on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to perform an LVAD drive line dressing change
  • Demonstrate LVAD hemodynamics
  • Identify LVAD basic indications/contraindications, components, and goal of therapy
  • Discuss the elements of daily routine care and lifestyle changes care associated with a patient living with an LVAD
  • Identify unique elements of emergency care and appropriate interventions