- 0Jan 14, '13 by NettersRNHi! My hospital is developing a TAVR program. I currently work as an RN in a cath lab. I was wondering if any of you guys have had experience with this program... My manager asked me and another nurse to develop a help book for our department. Any advice about TAVR, experiences with working along side OR nurses, etc. would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
- 1Jan 19, '13 by Rose_QueenMy facility's program is still in the infancy stage, and let me tell you is there ever a steep learning curve! I agree with FerRN, until they become experts at this procedure, I wouldn't have it or encourage my family/friends to have it. I know it's higher risk since these patients aren't considered for surgical intervention, but still, not the best for good outcomes.
- 1Jan 27, '13 by RainyDayParade22My facility has been doing TAVRs and I have seen both positive outcomes and not so positive outcomes. You do have to take into account that these patients are high risk anyway since they are not usually candidates for open heart surgery. There is a pretty extensive workup these patients have to go through to see if they even qualify for the TAVR. I work in the step down ICU, so I see these patients come out of the ICU and follow them until they are discharged home.