Patient knowledge

A partially implantable electrically driven pump that drains blood from the LV apex and returns it to the aorta (usually ascending) – powered by a subcutaneously tunnelled driveline cable to portable batteries or mains power supply. It supplies a continuous flow of blood from the left ventricle to the aorta, independent of left ventricular function, therefore taking over the work of the left ventricle.

Your patients should know more about their LVAD than you do. 

Your patient and their family should be able to:

  • Care for the external components
  • Change the driveline dressings – in a sterile way
  • Respond to alarms and emergencies
  • Change the power source
  • Know when to contact the VAD hotline