Monitoring patients with continuous-flow ventricular assist devices outside of the intensive care unit: novel challenges to bedside nursing.

@article{Oshea2013MonitoringPW,
  title={Monitoring patients with continuous-flow ventricular assist devices outside of the intensive care unit: novel challenges to bedside nursing.},
  author={Genevieve O'shea and Jeffrey J. Teuteberg and Donald A. Severyn},
  journal={Progress in transplantation},
  year={2013},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={39-46}
}
Ventricular assist devices provide therapeutic options for patients with severe heart failure who have exhausted available medical therapies. With restoration of organ perfusion with ventricular assist devices, the heart failure resolves and quality of life and functional status improve. The current generation of continuous-flow devices present novel challenges to the clinical assessment of patients by substantially reducing or nearly eliminating any palpable pulse. Patients therefore generally… CONTINUE READING