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Wednesday, October 31 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
I Don't Remember Learning This in Class: How to Confidently Manage LVAD Emergencies

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There is an increasing number of patients in our country who are receiving LVAD for heart failure, either as a bridge to heart transplant or "destination therapy." LVADs are most commonly used in a chronically ill patient population, and as EMS providers we will see more and more of these patients and LVAD use becomes more widespread.  It is important for EMS providers to have a deep understanding of how LVADs work. We will review the assessment and management of common LVAD emergencies, including hypotension, chest pain, dyspnea and arrhythmia with real-world cases presented.

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Kimberly Pruett, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician, Albuquerque, NM
Dr. Kimberly Pruett is an emergency medicine physician who finished her residency in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt Medical Center and recently completed an EMS Fellowship at the University of New Mexico. Her focus is on rural and tribal medicine and she really enjoys EMS education... Read More →



Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 207CD