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Providing emergency care for patients with ventricular assist devices

Henriques, Valesia, MS, PA-C; Sharma, Rahul, MD, MBA, FACEP

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: May 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 1–3
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000464278.21246.14
Case Report
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ABSTRACT Emergency medicine clinicians who care for patients with ventricular assist devices (VADs) must have basic knowledge of the device mechanics, population-specific patient assessment techniques, and specific hospital recommendations for care of these patients. This case report illustrates a systematic approach that can be used in the ED for evaluating patients with VADs.

Valesia Henriques practices in the ED at New York University's Langone Medical Center in New York City. She completed a PA residency in emergency medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Rahul Sharma is executive vice chief of emergency medicine and an assistant professor at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Acknowledgment: The authors would like to thank Lauren Krinsky, NP, VAD coordinator at NYU Langone Medical Center, for her help with this manuscript.

Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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