Innovations In Cardiovascular NursingCase Study: A Patient's SurvivalNauer, Kathleen A. RN, BSN; Kramer, Lucretia RN, BSN; Lockard, Kathleen L. RN, BSN, MBAAuthor Information Service Coordinator, Cardiovascular Service, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Nauer) Staff Nurse, Cardiovascular Service, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Kramer) Cardiac Technology Administrator, Mechanical Heart Services Department under the Cardiothoracic Department of Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Lockard) Kathleen A. Nauer thanks Elise Cohen, RN, MPM, for manuscript preparation and editing and Kathleen L. Lockard thanks Thermo Cardiosystems Incorporated and Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: May 2000 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 47-53 Buy Abstract Presentation of a case study involving a female patient, in her 20s, undergoing routine surgery for removal of atrial myxoma leading to a heart transplant. This case study will show the progression from postcardiotomy failure, the emergent use of the extracorporeal membrane oxygenator device, the insertion of the HeartMate device, and the final return to the operating room for a heart transplant. The case study will examine the physiologic demands on the patient, as well as the psychological effects from the various life-saving devices. Copyright © 2000 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.