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* 1. When is it appropriate to initiate CPR on a patient with a LVAD?

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* 2. Common complications seen in patients with LVADs include:
1.  Hypotension
2.  CVA
3.  Infection
4.  GI bleeding
5.  Dysrhythmias

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* 3.
LVAD use is indicated for the following reasons:
1. When patients are not eligible for transplant and the device is used as a permanent support until death.
2. To promote myocardial function recovery to a level that allows for removal of the LVAD
3. To support heart function until the decision related to transplant eligibility has been reached.
4. To support the heart until a heart transplant becomes available.

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* 4. Of the estimated five million patients with heart failure, 30% will die within five years of diagnosis.

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* 5. Of the 4 types of ventricular and mechanical circulatory devices, indicate the one that is intended for short term use only in hospitalized patients.

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* 6. TO WHAT EXTENT DID COMPLETING THIS SELF-STUDY ALLOW YOU TO ACHIEVE THE OUTCOME BELOW:

After reading the article, the nurse will be able state the essential basics of caring for a patient with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

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* 7. MEMBERSHIP

You will pay at the end of this survey.

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* 8. Demographics

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* 9. How many minutes did it take you to read and complete this program?

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* 10. Suggestions for improvements? Future Topics? 

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