Nursing care for the patient with a left ventricular assist device
HEART FAILURE (HF) is a major public health issue associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and healthcare expenditures. Mechanical circulatory support devices (MCSDs) such as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) provide an alternative to heart transplantation for patients with advanced HF. Nurses need to understand how to care for the specific needs of these patients. This article provides a brief overview of the different types of ventricular assist devices (VADs), the unique aspects of nursing care for patients with LVADs, and the most common reasons for hospital admission.