Refresher and update on mechanical circulatory support

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Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA and those who work with patients who have or will have Mechanical Circulatory support/LVADS
Course Level: Beginner
Date: Feb. 20, 2013
Check-in time: 5-5:30 p.m.
Class time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: 2450 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454 
Dining Room A located in the lower level of the East building.

Fairview Rehabilitation Employees Only

Contact hours; 2.0

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Michael Petty, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC
Michael Petty has been involved in the care of patients with mechanical circulatory support (MCS) since the program’s beginnings at the University of Minnesota in 1995. In that program he was one of the original LVAD coordinators, and continues to provide support to the program in that capacity on a part-time basis at present. As the Cardiothoracic Clinical Nurse Specialist, he is responsible for coordinating education of all new staff at University of Minnesota Medical Center, related to the care of this unique patient population.
Michael’s research interests include caregiver burden and quality of life in caregivers of patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support. He has spoken at local, national and international meetings on the topic.
Michael was also a founding Board Member of the International Consortium of Circulatory Assist Clinicians (ICCAC) and is serving as the organization’s president in 2013.

Course Description
This program is designed to familiarize the therapist with the basics of mechanical circulatory support. It will review the history of MCS, describe current therapies available to those with end-stage heart failure, and address specific issues and concerns specific to the practice of PT, OT, Cardiac Rehab, and related therapies.

Objectives: At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to :

1. Describe how MCS devices provide circulatory support for patients with end-stage heart failure.
2. List at least 2 different types of MCS technology by flow pattern.
3. Explain the 4 indications for MCS support.
4. Identify the difference between alerts and alarms on the most common devices.
5. Demonstrate how to change power sources on the 2 common devices.
6. Explain the expected therapist responses expected when alerts or alarms occur.
7. List activity restrictions on patients with MCS.

5-5:30 p.m.                  Check in/registration
5:30-6 p.m.                  History of MCS
                                 Technical Issues:
                                   a. Connections
                                   b. Flow Patterns
                                   c. Unique issues for non-pulsatile patients
6-6:30 p.m.                   Indications for use/Device Specifics
                                   a. HeartMate II
                                   b. HeartWare
6:30-7:30 p.m.              Alerts and Alarms
                                  Therapy Restrictions for MCS Patients
                                  Hands on opportunity and Questions/answers

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