Mechanical Circulatory Support — Ambulatory and Community Patient Care

Published: May 2017
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  • Key Points 
  • Patient Evaluation 
  • Diagnostic Tables 
  • Assessment of Patients on Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Stroke in Patients With a ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Causes of VAD Alarms 
  • Normal VAD Parameters 
  • Indications and Contraindications to Durable Mechanical Support 
  • Chronic Medical Management 
  • Well-Being and End of Life
  • Table: Equipment to Be Transported With Patient
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This pocket guide attempts to define principles of practice that should produce high-quality patient care. It is applicable to specialists, primary care, and providers at all levels. This pocket guide should not be considered exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. The ultimate judgment concerning the propriety of any course of conduct must be made by the clinician after consideration of each individual patient situation. Neither IGC, the medical associations, nor the authors endorse any product or service associated with the distributor of this clinical reference tool.


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