Ventricular Assist Devices:

A Primer and Self-Study Module



Course description

There are a small percentage of practicing perfusionists that have clinical access to all the technologies available in the cardiovascular arena. This course is designed to provide an overview of each of the commercially available Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs), offer links to literature relative to the devices and reference scientific and clinical experiences.  Also presented in this module is a review of indications and contraindications for device implantation. The categories of device use (destination therapy (DT), bridge to transplant (BTT) and recovery therapy (RT) will also be described.

This course is appropriate for the perfusion student, practicing perfusionist and nurses or student nurses and has been awarded three Category I SDCE by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

Course expectations

The course is designed to take approximately two and a half to three hours to complete.  The ABCP requires 50 minutes per CEU and therefore requires two and a half hours of interaction with this course.  The motivated student, however, will be able to utilize the course for more intense and lengthy learning.  Each learner is expected to complete the assessment with a minimum 80% accuracy.  Complying with the standards of the ABCP, the quiz will be comprised of 24 questions related to VADs and several opinion-type survey questions.


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