ABCs of Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Therapy 2020
The purpose of this course is to provide a greater understanding of a ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy and its application. Assisting the nurse in understanding the mechanism, indications, categories, complications, and precautions associated with using a VAD increases the nursing professional’s confidence level. Emphasis of this course will be on the nursing management of a VAD, as well as the nurse’s role during a VAD insertion, post-insertion care, and troubleshooting of potential complications associated with VAD therapy.

Course Publication Date: August 06, 2020

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Gloria Tartaglia RN
Course No:VAD080520
Contact Hours:5.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Learning Objectives
  • Describe the mechanism of VAD therapy.

  • State the indications of VAD therapy.

  • Identify the three major categories of VADs and the main functions of each model.

  • Explain the six common complications of using a VAD.

  • State the procedure utilized during VAD insertion.

  • Identify the post-insertion care for patients receiving VAD therapy.

  • Describe the emergency backup technique for both left and right VADs.

  • Explain the discharge strategy for those patients benefitting from VAD therapy.

  • State the goals of education for patient and caregivers regarding the use of VADs.

  • Identify the precaution required during the use of a VAD.


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