Are You Ready For Your LVAD Patient?

The first Monday Minutes the year is just a reminder that waiting for the call is just part of EMS. Being prepared is vital for your patients. Those patients with special devices we may not be familiar with sometimes know more about the device than we do. However, familiarizing yourself with these devices can make a big difference when the call comes.

Listen to this weeks short Minutes below and be sure to post your experiences with this or other strange devices you have encountered in your EMS career.

Show links to check out

LVAD Basics at the Mayo Clinic

Asymptomatic Sustained V-Fib in the LVAD patient at

Sample EMS protocol when encountering a specific LVAD device. While you should always follow your local guidelines and medical direction. This protocol can give you an idea on how other EMS agencies address this device with patients. Click here to download.