A bridge to transplantation: The life experiences of patients with a left ventricular assist device.

  title={A bridge to transplantation: The life experiences of patients with a left ventricular assist device.},
  author={Fatma Cebeci and Bilgen Arıkan and Emine Catal and Omer Bayezid},
  journal={Heart \& lung : the journal of critical care},
BACKGROUND The Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a rapidly spreading treatment given to patients with advanced heart failure due to organ donor shortage. Thus, there is a need to study the life experience of patients who underwent LVAD implantation as a bridge to transplantation. OBJECTIVE To examine the life experiences of patients who underwent LVAD implantation as a bridge to transplantation. METHODS This qualitative, phenomenological research was carried out with 13 patients who… Expand


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