Does anyone work Cardiac rehab and take LVAD patients at your setting? Do you have any special policies regarding these patients? Especially regarding Heart Mate II?????
Quote from ghillbert
Unfortunately the VAD can't help his COPD, although it can help reduce PA pressures over time with better offloading. Make sure he tells his VAD team when he goes to clinic that he is getting SOB with exercise - he may need pump speed increased if he has a high PI, but you won't be able to tell without hooking him to monitor.
We do have a protocol, I'm having it sent to me and will forward. Are you looking for pump related issues or what type of exercises etc? I can ask our PTs if they have anything also.
Thanks again for the info, we are watching him carefully, at this point he only needs to use the O2 when he is exercising. He is listed 1B, but then he is type O, which puts him further down on the list. If you have any protocol please send to me. Would really appreciate it.
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