Accession Number : ADA268124


Title :   Ventricular Assist Devices: Physiology Meets Technology


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Hilsher, Cynthia K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a268124.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 73


Abstract : Ventricular assist devices (VADs) offer a vital option to severely compromised cardiac patients. By maintaining perfusion throughout the body, VADs allow necessary time for recovery or retrieval of a donor heart. Patient selection is imperative for positive patient outcomes and cost containment. The three designs of VADs include the roller pump, centrifugal pump, and pneumatic pump. The pneumatic pump offers the most hope in the development of a permanent device. Evaluation of both the patient and the device determines the effectiveness of treatment and ultimately patient outcome. Advanced nursing practice incorporates the five roles of the clinical nurse specialist to provide optimal and holistic care for the unique VAD patient population


Descriptors :   *HEART , *CARDIAC PATIENTS , *ARRHYTHMIA , PATIENTS , NURSING , CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE