LVAD coordinators are nurses that work collaboratively with cardiologists, surgeons and other members of your health-care team to provide exceptional care for patients who will undergo a surgery to implant a Left Ventricular Assist Device as a bridge to transplant or as destination therapy.
LVAD coordinators work with patients in many settings including the hospital and the clinic. They work with physicians to evaluate the patient for the device implantation. They involve the patient and caregivers in education classes on the heart pump and support equipment prior to the surgery and throughout the hospital stay.
The LVAD coordinator and the rest of the multidisciplinary team determine when the patient is ready to go home. First Responders, including the local firefighters, paramedics and hospital emergency room staff, are notified in the patient’s hometown and educated on handling LVAD patients. The power companies are also notified of this life-saving equipment’s dependence on a power source.
The LVAD coordinators follow these patients until the device is removed. They are available 24 hours a day for questions or problems.