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LVAD Basics-What You Need to Know
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Where: Penn State Hershey Medical Center University Conference Center

Session offered: 7:30 A.M. - Noon

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.

There is no cost for this program. 

Registration maintained by CME

Agenda (7:30 A.M. - Noon)

7:30 am - Check In

8:00 am - Introduction Lecture
               Allana Langley, Rn, MSn, CCRN

9:30 am - Break

9:45 am - Rotating Stations (30 minutes each)

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

Noon - Program Evaluation/Adjournment

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

2.0 contact hours awarded. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Nursing Education
and Professional Development is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by
PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center's Commission on Accreditation.

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of
our sponsored educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant
financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place
to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program
participants at the beginning of the activity