LVAD Coordinator

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UNRESPONSIVE LVAD PATIENT:

  1. Call LVAD Coordinator immediately for guidance
  2. Begin assessing patient by the following algorithm

IS THE PT BREATHING?
YES: Assess for perfusion, and consider non-LVAD causes
NO: Support ventilations; EKG; defib pads anterior/posterior; IV; check LVAD

IS THE LVAD FUNCTIONING?

Check controller; auscultate for LVAD hum

YES: Check ETCO2

NO: Check the following:

  • Power connected?
  • Driveline connected?
  • Controller working?
  • If off for >5 min or unknown time, consult LVAD Coordinator before restarting
  • If restarted, check for breathing and signs of ROSC

IS THE ETCO2 <20?

IF PATIENT:

  • Is not breathing, AND
  • LVAD is not functioning, AND
  • ETCO2 is <20

BEGIN CHEST COMPRESSIONS – DO NOT USE A MECHANICAL CPR DEVICE!!

To schedule an LVAD training class for your department, contact Mark Johnston, EMS Coordinator through the link on this app or at 513.263.1420